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Archivos Españoles de Urología (Ed. impresa)

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BERMUDEZ VILLAVERDE, Raúl et al. Tridimensional ultrasound of the prostate. Arch. Esp. Urol. [online]. 2006, vol.59, n.4, pp.377-384. ISSN 0004-0614.

Objectives: To present the examination technique of grayscale tridimensional transrectal prostatic ultrasound and its clinical viability. To define the ultrasonographic patterns and to report the clinical experience of our group.  Methods We analyze selected exams from a database of more than 600 digitally stored tridimensional transrectal prostatic ultrasounds performed with a robotic probe. We collect the opinion and observations of the examiners, all of them experts on prostatic ultrasound. Each case has been completed with pathologic and clinical data. Results: The time spent for each test was less than three minutes, achieving good quality, reproducible exams. The analysis of the front view offers the greatest contribution in comparison to the conventional technique, allowing a more clear detection of structures such as the junction with the seminal vesicles, the capsular contour, and urethra. Conclusions Tridimensional transrectal prostatic ultrasound is an imaging test applicable in the clinical practice which offers quality images and may provide great benefits for the diagnosis and local staging of prostate cancer, by means of the analysis of the front view.

Keywords : Tridimensional ultrasound; Prostate; Front view; Urological ultrasound.

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