Section: Mission Hospital News

New Prostate Imaging System Could Help Save Men’s Lives


Mission Viejo, CA – With the new DynaCAD for Prostate digital imaging system, Mission Hospital now offers better detection for prostate cancer, the second leading cause of death among men in the U.S. Furthering the hospital’s commitment to advanced technologies, the system is the first-of-its-kind to provide a complete clinical solution to visualize and target suspicious prostate areas under MRI-guidance. The advanced visualization tools combineapproximately 3,000 images that allow physicians to perform real-time image analyses, vital for the early diagnosis of prostate cancer.

“The DynaCAD is system helps strengthen our existing arsenal against cancer, giving patients more reasons than ever to expect the best quality care from Mission Hospital,” said Cindy Mueller, Vice President of Mission Integration. “Reliable diagnosis is essential to a patient’s peace of mind and to his ultimate well being. This new technology adds a crucial component to providing comprehensive care and improving health and quality of life.”

In previous years, diagnostic methods included testing men for elevated levels of prostatespecific antigens, an indication of prostate cancer. Subsequent biopsies often held the possibility of coming back negative, drawing confusion as to how to proceed and thus delaying diagnosis. With new technologies such as DynaCAD, negative biopsies can be further explored, as radiologists can use minimally invasive MRI scans to directly review areas of interest within the prostate. This is a vital step toward early diagnosis and ultimately earlier treatment options and better patient outcomes.

“We are moving into an era of prostate health in which our goal is to provide the most advanced diagnostics for men,” adds Dr. Todd Lempert, interventional radiologist at Mission Hospital.
“Prostate cancer is a tough issue because many cases are not diagnosed in the early stages, when cancer is most effectively treated. Historically, there has been a lack of technology that allows this, but this is changing and the tools are now here at Mission.”

According to the American Cancer Society, one out of six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Currently, more than 2 million men in the United States have been diagnosed with cancer and are still living. During Prostate Cancer Awareness month this September, Mission Hospital urges men to be proactive about their annual prostate cancer screening. To learn more about Mission’s cancer treatments and services, visit or call (949) 364-1770.