End-fire versus side-fire: a randomized controlled study of transrectal ultrasound guided biopsies for prostate cancer detection

Margaretha A. van der Slot*, Joost A. P. Leijte, Deric K. E. van der Schoot, Eric H. G. M. Oomens, Stijn Roemeling

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    Objectives: To compare prostate cancer detection rates between end-fire and side-fire ultrasound guided prostate biopsy techniques. Methods: A prospective randomized controlled trial was performed in patients who underwent prostate biopsy between 2009 and 2014. Patients were randomly assigned to the end-fire or side fire biopsy groups and underwent transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy. The overall prostate cancer detection rate was compared between the two probe configurations. Trial was registered at Clinical Trials.gov with identifier: NCT00851292. Results: A total of 730 patients were included and randomized, 371 patients underwent prostate biopsy with side-fire probe and 359 patients with the end-fire probe. Prostate cancer detection rates were 52.4% in the end fire group and 45.6% in the side fire group (p = .066). Conclusions: No significant difference was found in detection rate of prostate cancer between the end-fire and side-fire probe in transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy, neither for detection rate of prostate cancer in the apex.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)101-104
    Number of pages4
    JournalScandinavian Journal of Urology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 3-Mar-2020


    • Prostate cancer
    • prostate biopsy
    • probe configuration
    • biopsy technique
    • PROBE

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