Mr Stephen Gordon, RAPID lead urologist at Epsom Hospital, demonstrating FUSION ultrasound technology.

Clinicians from the three hospitals piloting the RM Partners RAPID prostate pathway attended an education day at Epsom Hospital that offered training in the use of Hitachi and BiopSee equipment and software.

This system is one element of the new RAPID (Rapid Assessment Prostate Imaging and Diagnosis) pathway, and enables clinicians to accurately take precision biopsy by fusing the MRI images and live ultrasound at the time of biopsy. This technique reduces the number of biopsies taken, improves accuracy and reduces risk of biopsy related infection.

This event provided an opportunity for staff to familiarise themselves with the systems, ask questions and to observe its use in actual patients.

Mr Stephen Gordon, Epsom’s RAPID lead urologist, presented the Epsom Hospital site experience of using the new equipment and RAPID’s positive impact on diagnosing men earlier and getting them into treatment quickly. This was followed by a brief ultrasound theory session, with attendees having an opportunity to get valuable hands-on practice with ultrasound positioning.

During the afternoon attendees were able to observe patients undergoing the new biopsy procedure with only local anaesthetic. All the RAPID sites will be able to offer this as an option.

The event was hosted by Hitachi, and representatives were on hand to answer questions about the equipment.

More information about RAPID is available here.