The first transperineal biopsy procedure was performed at Dubbo Hospital this month with the help of a charity intent on reducing the rate of prostate cancer in regional Australia.
The volunteer-run Male Bag Foundation (MBF) provided a $60,000 grant to Dubbo Health Service to help buy a transperineal biopsy machine (TBM) costing about $134,500.
This week the hospital confirmed the machine was operational and available to both public and private patients.
MBF patron David Parkin OAM said the grant was an "enormous opportunity to help blokes, families and townships" across the northern and central parts of the Western NSW Local Health District.
"Our grant to Dubbo Health Service guarantees that the world's best practice biopsy procedure is now available to treat patients," he said.
Our grant to Dubbo Health Service guarantees that the world's best practice biopsy procedure is now available to treat patients.Male Bag Foundation patron David Parkin OAM
"The result is a massive win for public health in the region.
"The TBM is now available and its use will augment current approaches to men's health and save lives through early diagnosis."