Using MRI-guided biopsies to diagnose prostate cancer with high accuracy

Many prostate cancer patients — and particularly those who don’t like the idea of prostate biopsies — think that if one uses MRI-guided biopsies alone one might only need to have one or two biopsy cores taken to accurately diagnose prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

MRI-targeted biopsies: better than standard biopsies for at least some patients

A new article in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine has just reported the full results of the so-called PRECISION trial of MRI-targeted vs. standard biopsy techniques in the diagnosis of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Is MRI/TRUS fusion-guided prostate biopsy cost-efficient for all patients?

Slowly but perhaps inexorably we seem to be seeing increasing scientific and clinical justification for the argument that all men thought to be at risk for a diagnosis of prostate cancer should be given an MRI scan prior to any form of prostate biopsy. … READ MORE …

What patients are willing to pay for an MRI-guided biopsy (maybe)

A recent report in Urology Practice makes what we see as a somewhat odd statement about what patients may be willing to pay for an MRI/TRUS fusion-guided biopsy as opposed to a TRUS-guided prostate biopsy. … READ MORE …

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 …