Life-saving device trialled at Epworth

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A new minimally-invasive device is being used in Victoria with the potential to save hundreds of men through early diagnosis of prostate cancer.

The Mona Lisa device performs robotic trans-perineal biopsies using only two skin punctures.

Associate Professor Jeremy Grummet, a Victorian urologist, is trialling the device and is excited about its potential.

“As well as only two skin punctures, the Mona Lisa can fuse prior MRI images showing the cancer onto real time ultrasound during the procedure, so that biopsies can be directed to target the cancer in 3D, giving a highly accurate diagnosis,” A/Prof Grummet said.

“When thousands of these biopsies are done every year in Victoria alone, that’s potentially a lot of men saved from life-threatening infection.”

The Mona Lisa is a new technology, with urologists in Germany, Singapore and New York recently introducing the tool to their surgery.

But A/Prof Grummet has been working with the device at Epworth Hospital since July last year, refining the technology and the techniques required to operate it.

A group of urologists from Sydney recently travelled to Epworth to watch a demonstration of the device and learn about its capabilities.

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