What do urologists think about using MRI in prostate cancer diagnosis and management today?

Staff at the Urologic Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute have just published the results of a survey evaluating current knowledge of (some) specialist urologists and urologic oncologists about the roles of MRI scanning in the diagnosis of prostate cancer and how they are integrating the use of MRI scanning and MR-guided biopsies into their clinical practice. … READ MORE …

MRI data and genomic data are telling us different things about prostate cancer risk

A new paper just published on line in the journal PLoS One is entitled, “Association between a 17-gene genomic prostate score and a multi-parametric prostate MRI in men with low and intermediate risk prostate cancer (PCa)”. … READ MORE …

FDA approves the first 7 T MRI device for clinical use in the US

So for those currently dissatisfied with the capabilities of 1.5 T and 3 T MRI imaging technology, the US Food and Drug Administration has just approved a 7 T MRI device called a “Siemens Magnetom Terra”. … READ MORE …

The role of mpMRI in monitoring of men on active surveillance

At least one paper has stated that some 40 percent of men diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer here in the US are now being initially managed on active surveillance. If active surveillance is being done properly, this is a good thing! However, … READ MORE …

What’s luminal water imaging, and do we need to care?

Two recent papers by Sabouri et al. have suggested that a new MRI techique known as “luminal water imaging” may be able to improve the ability of MR scans to identify and grade prostate cancer prior to biopsy. … READ MORE …

“The best” type of biopsy using mpMRI guidance to target the lesions

There have been suggestions that guided biopsies on the basis of multiparametric MRI (mpMRI) data are most accurate when done using so-called “in-bore” or “in-gantry” biopsies as opposed to mpMRI/TRUS fusion-guided biopsies. … READ MORE …

The evolution of evaluation of risk for clinically significant prostate cancer

Whatever one may happen to think about the value of the PSA test, we all know that it is very bad at actually telling a doctor or a patient if that patient is at real risk for clinically significant prostate cancer. So, from that perspective … READ MORE …