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Medical NewsPerspective on PSA Testing

Sixteen years after the approval and use of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test for generalized population screening by the FDA, an opinion editorial in The New York Times by the discoverer of PSA (and co-author of this article), Richard J. Ablin, directed attention to the shortcomings of the PSA test Read more…

Medical NewsNew Diagnostic Imaging Test for Prostate Cancer

Many people have heard of PET scans to detect the presence and location of cancer. This test typically uses a type of radioactive sugar injected into a vein, which can then be detected by a machine that creates images of the person’s body while he or she lies still on Read more…

Medical NewsNew Treatment Approach in Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer

Xofigo (Radium-223 dichloride) is a novel radiopharmaceutical treatment, the first of its kind that has been shown to improve cancer survival in certain men with metastatic prostate cancer. It is a promising treatment which may be effective when other treatments have failed. Prostate cancer can often be detected at a Read more…

Medical NewsProstate Symposium Adds Global Reach

John Feller

This October, Desert Medical Imaging (DMI) is bringing  experts from around the world together for a three-day symposium on prostate MRI and MR-guided intervention. The educational event will be held on October 5-7 in Palm Springs at a new interactive learning facility opened last year by USCAP, an international pathology Read more…

Medical NewsEnlarged Prostate: Common Myths and Misperceptions Dispelled

More than a quarter of American men (and their partners!) are dealing with an enlarged prostate. The medical term is BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, a condition that causes a variety of urination issues, from slow/weak stream, to the urgent need to urinate night and day. This can mean restless Read more…

Medical NewsEnlarged Prostate: A Wife’s Perspective on Early Treatment

Oftentimes, my male patients need encouragement and support from a spouse to seek medical treatment for urological issues; spouses are sometimes key to preventing a mild condition from becoming more serious. I spoke with the wife of one of my patients about her husband’s experience with enlarged prostate and his Read more…

Medical NewsMen’s Health Below the Belt

Physician experts from Walsh Urology address common men’s urinary health issues to increase awareness of these important health conditions. If you suffer from aggravating urinary conditions, it is important to consult an urologist, as many of these conditions are easily treated. Prostate Conditions. Most common problems with men can be Read more…

Medical News“I Gotta Go” Sounding Familiar These Days?

You’ve seen the commercials and have possibly even joked with friends about a “Flomax moment.” We see men playing golf or enjoying other activities who are constantly interrupted by their urgent need to find a restroom. If you find yourself in this scenario more often nowadays, you are not alone. Read more…

Natural OptionsAcupuncture for Prostate and Incontinence

It is important to remember that practitioners were successfully treating health conditions long before western medicine was developed. Fortunately, the medical community is now starting to recognize the value of many time-tested therapies including nutrition, body manipulation and acupuncture. Many of our forebears may have suffered from prostate issues and Read more…

Medical NewsAn Option to Medications for BPH

Having to go all the time? You are not alone. Over 70% of men in their 60s have symptoms of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia),1 a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. While BPH is a benign (non-cancerous) condition, it can certainly decrease one’s quality of life. Read more…

Medical NewsTreatment Options for BPH

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is a very common condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. Over 70% of men in their 60s have symptoms of BPH which affect more than 500 million men worldwide!1 While BPH is a benign (non-cancerous) condition, it can cause loss of Read more…

Medical NewsProstate Cancer Screening: A Very Individual Choice

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The campaign was established in 1999 by the American Foundation for Urological Disease to educate about risk factors and symptoms of prostate related diseases, to provide easily accessible prostate health, and to advocate for further research on prostate health issues. Over the past Read more…

Medical NewsGenetic Markers in Prostate Cancer Management

When a prostate biopsy is performed, tiny thread-like “cores” are obtained through the tip of a needle attached to a biopsy gun. These tiny specimens are sent to a highly trained pathologist to examine the tissue under a high-powered microscope. The appearance of prostate cells and their architecture help determine Read more…

Medical NewsClinical Trial Subject Perspective

We previously published Understanding Clinical Trials (July/Aug 2014) featuring an interview with Don Anderson, MD, principal investigator at Desert Valley Research. As a follow-up to that story, Desert Medical Imaging presented a client, Ed Dykstra, who wanted to share his story from the perspective of a clinical trial subject. Following Read more…

Medical NewsTo Screen or Not to Screen? That is the Question

Making a decision to be screened for certain medical conditions can be difficult, especially when the recommendations and guidelines are constantly changing. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it is timely to review the recommendations of various organizations for both of these Read more…

Medical NewsMultiparametric MRI for Early Detection and Active Surveillance of Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men with 1 in 6 men being diagnosed with the disease at some point in their life. Like any cancer, early detection of prostate cancer gives the patient more options for managing or treating their disease. Currently, the most widely used screening Read more…

Medical NewsThe Importance of an Accurate Gleason Score for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men. About 240,000 American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, and in 130,000, the cancer is localized and low-risk. Although most prostate cancers are slow growing and unlikely to spread, most men receive immediate treatment with surgery or radiation. Read more…

Medical NewsFirst-of-its-kind Clinical Trial for Prostate Cancer Treatment at DMI

Focal Ablation

If you have prostate cancer, your current options for therapy include sitting back and waiting to see if the cancer grows (active surveillance), total removal of the prostate gland, or radiation therapy of the entire prostate gland. The second and third options often results in life-altering side effects such as Read more…

Medical NewsDesert Medical Imaging Offers Option to ‘Watchful Waiting’ for Men with an Elevated PSA

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men (next to skin cancer) and 1 in 6 will be diagnosed within their lives. These odds are high and it is likely you know someone who has been diagnosed – or who has been told they have an ‘elevated Read more…