The prostate: radiological diagnostics and treatment options for benign and malignant diseases
Diagnosis precedes therapy
Urologists and radiologists work hand in hand in an interdisciplinary manner to continuously improve the diagnosis of diseases of the prostate (especially prostate carcinoma). In the interdisciplinary management of patients with suspected prostate carcinoma, radiological diagnostics play an important role, especially in ruling out malignant disease and also in optimally planning possible subsequent therapies. In the meantime, multiparametric MRI (magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance tomography) has taken on a central role in the clarification of patients with suspected prostate carcinoma, since, based on existing studies, it has greater certainty in the detection and especially in the exclusion of a clinically significant prostate carcinoma than the clinical examination (rectal palpation) or the standard biopsy (transrectal tissue sampling with punches).
Furthermore, image-guided, minimally invasive procedures are now available for the treatment of low-grade prostate cancer and drug-resistant urinary dysfunction due to benign (benign) enlargement of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH).
On the following pages, we have compiled image examples and answers to frequently asked questions. We have also compiled information on prostate diagnostics using magnetic resonance imaging, the significance of MRI-guided prostate biopsy techniques and image-guided, minimally invasive treatment options for prostate carcinoma and benign prostate enlargement.
We would like to present the expertise of the Department of Radiology at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin in the field of prostate diagnostics and therapy to interested patients and their relatives with the information on this website and give them the opportunity to prepare themselves in the best possible way for a possible appointment, for example, in our outpatient clinic or for a consultation with your urologist.
Why choose the Charité?
The Charité is the largest university hospital in Germany and is one of the most renowned hospitals in the world. All three Charité sites are served by the Department of Radiology, which means that our medical staff has a very broad level of knowledge and many years of experience. At the same time, we are always interested in innovative diagnostic and treatment procedures and develop some of these ourselves. These characteristics give us our own level of quality and an extended scope of action.
You will certainly have further questions after reading this website. Please feel free to discuss them with us using the contact details provided.
Your Prof. Dr. med. Bernd Hamm
and the team of the Clinic for Radiology of the Charité