Prostate Cancer Diagnosis: AUA Guidelines on use of PSA Biomarkers, MRI and Biopsy Techniques Webcast (2024)

Prostate cancer detection remains one of the most common and most controversial aspects of urological practice. In addition to the complexities around screening and use of PSA, the role of other biomarkers, biopsy techniques such as transperineal biopsy and MRI for targeted biopsy are evolving rapidly. This course is intended for urologists, advanced practice providers and trainees interested in using the most evidence-based methods for optimizing detection of clinically important prostate cancers, while improving patient experience and minimizing complications. The faculty were selected from the Early Detection of Prostate Cancer: AUA/SUO (Society of Urologic Oncology) Guideline (2023) panel, and they will emphasize the new guidelines. The attendee will explore the continuing controversy of screening for prostate cancer, use of PSA, PSA adjuncts and isoforms, and other blood, urine and tissue-based biomarkers for prostate cancer detection. This will lead into a discussion of prostate biopsy, including concepts crucial to reducing morbidity of prostate biopsy and improving patient experience. This course reviews available data regarding biopsy indications and techniques, including a strong emphasis on transperineal prostate biopsy. Additionally, this course fully explores the imperative of having a purposeful approach to biopsy aimed at diagnosing clinically significant prostate cancer while minimizing detection of clinically insignificant cancer. We also present the most current information regarding the use of image-guided biopsy techniques, such as MRI-ultrasound fusion guided biopsy. Finally, we will look toward the future of prostate cancer diagnosis, including risk-stratified testing, combination tests, sequencing of imaging and biomarkers, and ongoing initiatives worldwide. Overall, the course provides an evidence-based and practical overview of methods to detect and diagnose prostate cancer.


This educational activity is supported by independent educational grants from:

Astellas, Janssen Biotech, Inc., administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC, Lantheus Medical Imaging, Merck & Co., Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Pfizer, Inc.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Apply the Early Detection of Prostate Cancer: AUA/SUO Guideline (2023), and understand the rationale, evidence, level of evidence, strength of recommendation and applications associated with each statement.
  2. Identify how to maximize the benefits and minimize the harms of prostate cancer detection by carefully selecting patients and by using the necessary tools to detect clinically significant prostate cancer, while avoiding unnecessary biopsies and detection of clinically insignificant prostate cancers.
  3. Identify the evidence supporting the use of PSA for early detection of prostate cancer, and apply that evidence to different clinical scenarios, incorporating patient characteristics and preferences.
  4. Identify available blood, urine and tissue biomarkers used to enhance detection of higher-grade prostate cancer, the evidence supporting their use, and the clinical scenarios in which they are most valuable to be used.
  5. Use MRI and fusion biopsy to enhance the detection of clinically significant prostate cancer and implement safe biopsy practices with respect to approach, avoidance of infection, and attention to patient comfort; understand the rationale for transperineal prostate biopsy and its technique; be able to establish a transperineal biopsy practice.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Non-Physician Participation
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NameCompany NameRelationship TypeEnd Date
Barocas, Daniel ArilantheusConsultant or Advisor11/29/2023
Pacific Edge DiagnosticsConsultant or Advisor11/30/2023
Optum HealthConsultant or Advisor01/02/2023
AstellasConsultant or Advisor10/02/2023
On Target LaboratoryConsultant or AdvisorCurrent
Boeringer-IngelheimConsultant or AdvisorCurrent
Lynx DxMeeting Participant or Lecturer11/29/2024
Carlsson, Sigrid ViktoriaIpsenMeeting Participant or Lecturer09/16/2022
Prostatype GenomicsConsultant or AdvisorCurrent
Eggener, Scott E.Profound MedicalConsultant or AdvisorCurrent
janssenMeeting Participant or LecturerCurrent
InsightecConsultant or AdvisorCurrent
Francis MedicalMeeting Participant or LecturerCurrent
LantheusConsultant or AdvisorCurrent
Salami, Simpa SamuelBayer PharmaScientific Study or TrialCurrent
Wei, John ThomasNo relevant financial relationships to disclose



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Method of Participation: Learners will participate in this online educational activity by viewing the webcast and completing the post-test and evaluation. To claim CME credit for this enduring material, learners must complete the post-test, passing with 80% accuracy, and submit the program evaluation.

Release Date: May, 2024
Expiration Date: May, 2025

Accreditation: The American Urological Association (AUA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: The American Urological Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Other Learners: The AUA is not accredited to offer credit to participants who are not MDs or DOs. However, the AUA will issue documentation of participation that states that the activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

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Mitigation of Identified Conflict of Interest: All disclosures will be reviewed by the AUA Conflict of Interest (COI) Review Work Group Chair and/or Vice Chair for identification of conflicts of interest. The AUA COI Review Work Group, working with Office of Education staff, will document the mechanism(s) for management and mitigation of the conflict of interest and final approval of the activity will be documented prior to implementation. 

Off-label or Unapproved Use of Drugs or Devices: The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain reference(s) to off-label or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please consult the prescribing information for full disclosure of approved uses.


Disclaimer: The opinions and recommendations expressed by faculty, authors and other experts whose input is included in this program are their own and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of the AUA.

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Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Non-Physician Participation
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