Advanced MRI Technology Provides Reliable Prostate Cancer Detection

May 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a type of scanning technology used in the body. An advancement of this technology can now be used to detect cancer of the prostate. This is another breakthrough in prostate cancer diagnosis and it promises far better results than other techniques like the PSA blood test and tissue biopsies.

The developers of the new MRI advanced technology are of the opinion that this method can help reduce the numbers of men needing invasive tests or unreliable screening for their condition. The following is the extract of an online publication of how the MRI advances prostate cancer detection:

Men will face fewer invasive tests to detect prostate cancer with the help of new MRI technology unveiled at a Brisbane hospital.

The advanced screening technology is said to detect prostate cancer with an accuracy rate of 90 per cent.

Dr Les Thompson, a urologist at The Wesley Hospital, said MRI scans had been used for a long time for prostate cancer but had been unreliable.

“The prostate is one of the commonest cancers but it’s the last radiological frontier,” Dr Thompson told AAP.

The new imaging technology, developed in collaboration with international prostate cancer expert Jelle Barentsz from the Netherlands, would reduce the number of men needing painful and invasive biopsies by two-thirds, Dr Thompson said.

Currently, tests for prostate cancer involve a blood test to screen for the chemical PSA.

Men who have high PSA levels may be required to undergo biopsies where 12 needles are inserted into the prostate to locate the cancer.

Dr Thompson said the cancer is often missed using this procedure.

Meanwhile, not all men who have elevated PSA levels are found to have cancer.

Dr Thompson said the new MRI technology was capable of taking more accurate pictures to find abnormalities, which could then be targeted by one biopsy needle instead of 12.

It would also eliminate the need for men without abnormalities to undergo unnecessary biopsy procedures, he said.

The Wesley Hospital hopes to undertake an international trial later this year with Prof Barentsz and the University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, to document the results of the technology. Source.

The advanced MRI technology promises to be a better option for testing prostate cancer than other procedures. This is a good development. It also elicits hope for effective treatment of the condition. Most men will prefer to avoid invasive testing techniques and if MRI provides such why not? After all, the issues of unreliable testing techniques have clouded prostate cancer screening, perhaps with this new technology, the most reliable screening option would have been provided.

Conclusively, prostate cancer detection at the early stages is vital for early treatment and favorable prognosis. It is hoped that the MRI technology can help to achieve this today.

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