Two Robots Better Than One for Prostate Surgery

Adding A Second Robot May Help Surgeon to Spare Nerves Controlling Erections

Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a new technique that may improve robotic prostate surgery by using a second robot for taking three-dimensional ultrasound images of the prostate and surrounding structures during the procedure. These images can potentially help surgeons spot the nerve bundle that controls erectile function.

MRI: Effective Tool for Staging Prostate Cancer

In patients with prostate cancer undergoing prostatectomy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can play an important role in determining if the cancer is restricted to the prostate gland or if it has spread beyond the capsule.

This is the finding of a study performed at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA. The study included a review of 119 patients who were referred for prostate MRI prior to prostatectomy.

“Results showed that MRI correctly identified 87 out of 92 (95%) of patients with T2 and 6 out of 8 (75%) of patients with T3 disease (T2 means the disease is organ confined and T3 means the disease has locally spread beyond the prostate),” said Timothy McClure, MD, lead author of the study. Steven Raman, MD, worked with Dr. McClure on this study.