New mpMRI biopsy scanner partly funded by OPCSG

June 2018

After a long period of fundraising, research and procurement, the Urology Department at the Churchill has recently taken delivery of a new mpMRI scanner which it is now using in certain cases for fusion biopsy.  ‘Fusion’ because the equipment allows the operator to overlay a previous MRI scan on to a live picture of the patient’s prostate while performing the biopsy, thereby improving accuracy and making it possible to take biopsy samples from areas more difficult to reach.  OPCSG paid for the specialist trolley which is used in conjunction with the scanner.

On 27 June the equipment was demonstrated to the chief donors: Oxford University Hospitals Charitable Trust, UCare, and OPCSG.  The photo shows Maureen Comley (Procurement Department, OUH NHS Trust), Val Berry (UCare), Consultant Urologist Simon Brewster, John Grundy (Chairman, OPCSG) as Simon demonstrated the expensive technology.

OPCSG would be very interested to hear from members who may have a biopsy by this method, to hear their feedback on the process and the outcome for them.