SonaCare Medical

Has MRI-Based Diagnosis for Prostate Cancer Overtaken TRUS Biopsy?

By Sonacare Medical Published: March 20, 2018, 03:00 PM

Since the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) gave prostate cancer screening a “D” grade in 2012, researchers have been looking for better ways to detect, diagnose and treat prostate cancer. Blood tests such as the PSA and imaging and biopsy tests, however, have lacked specificity, identifying cancer only about half the time, while missing clinically significant cancer.

Read More

My First HIFU Case Observation

By Sonacare Medical Published: November 07, 2017, 09:46 AM

Less than two weeks ago, I witnessed my first HIFU prostate ablation case. Having only learned about this technology for nearly a month leading up to the event, I had few assumptions of what the procedure would consist of. I understood that the focused ultrasound device would “ablate” or destroy targeted tissue within the prostate gland. I could also quote that “the procedure was considered minimally-invasive and only required an incision if a catheter were to be placed within the patient.” What I did not know, however, was the effect HIFU can have on a patient’s life, and my own.

Read More

What is a "Minimally-Invasive" Prostate Cancer Treatment?

By Sonacare Medical Published: November 07, 2017, 09:37 AM

Good question! If you Google the term “minimally invasive” in relation to any medical treatment, it is likely that you will get a wide range of procedures that claim to fall under this category.

Read More

What is a C-Code and how does it affect HIFU procedure reimbursement?

By Sonacare Medical Published: November 07, 2017, 09:22 AM

What is a C-code?

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) or “C-codes” are unique temporary pricing codes established for the Prospective Payment System and are only valid for Medicare on claims for hospital outpatient department services and procedures.

Read More