HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) prostate ablation at CMDA Alomar Urology in Barcelona, Spain

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HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) prostate ablation at CMDA Alomar Urology in Barcelona, Spain

Centre Medic Diagnostic Alomar (CMDA), in Barcelona, Spain, offers different treatments for prostate cancer, which will be applied according to the criteria of our urologists. We can offer from an accurate diagnostic to two different treatments.

How is the Prostate biopsy diagnosis performed by image fusion?

Centre Medic Diagnostic Alomar (CMDA) executes “state of the art” equipment, known as 3Tesla MRI General Electric to offer multi-parametric MR imaging. This imaging test produces much clearer images than any other imaging diagnostic tool. It can well diagnose the areas with injured tissues in the prostate.

The urologist works with the radiologist at the time of performing the biopsy to fusion the images obtained from the MRI, in real time, with the images of an ultrasound, and then perform a biopsy exclusively in the areas were they know is affected tissue.

What is the benefit of this procedure of diagnosis?

With this technique, the urologist will do less punctures, but the degree of hitting the right cells to be analyzed will increase from 40% to 90%.

Is this an outpatient procedure?

Yes, this procedure is performed as an outpatient and no hospitalization is required. The patient could visit the urologist again, in 24/48 hours to make sure that there is not bleeding, and the results of the biopsy, by the pathologist, would be ready in 10/15 days, in accordance with the complexity of the case.

What is the total cost of the procedure?

The total cost of the biopsy, with 3 Tesla Multi-parametric MRI, biopsy guided by ultrasound, performed by the urologist and the radiologist, and the pathology study of the tissues obtained, is $2695/€2,350.

However, the package doesn’t include:

  • Travel fees to Barcelona, and
  • Hotel stay before and after biopsy

HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) prostate ablation

In some cases, and always following the urologist recommendation, this technique can be applied in the prostate cancer treatment. HIFU is a technique which high frequency waves energy heats cancer cells and destroy them using high intensity sounds beams that are well oriented and focused to modify or destroy damaged tissues.

The treatment is performed, using “real time” MRI images, produced by high definition 3 Tesla MRI equipment. Those images show the precise spot, where cancer cells are located, and with the focused ultrasound waves, those cells are heated-up and destroyed. The MRI images also help in measuring the temperature that those cells are achieving, to make sure they are destroyed.

This technique can also be applied in the treatment of prostate hyperplasia non-cancerous.

What are the benefits of HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) prostate ablation?

 The benefits of HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) prostate ablation are:

  • Use of minimally invasive trans-urethral technique
  • Safe and painless procedure
  • Out-patient procedure
  • Minimum recovery period for the patient than conventional surgery
  • Minimal secondary effects

As a preventive measure, after the treatment is performed in our medical center, the patient will be transferred to a close-by private hospital, to spend one night under observation, and the next morning the urologist will see and discharge the patient. At this point the patient can go back to the hotel and/or spend some time visiting Barcelona.

What is the cost of the HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) prostate ablation?

The total cost of the procedure that includes: pre-testing in Barcelona, urologist’s visit, radiologist’s visits, full HIFU treatment and one night hospitalization, is €21,200/$24,305.

However, the package doesn’t include:

  • Travel fees to Barcelona, and
  • Hotel stay before and after biopsy

 

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