Prostate test 'breakthrough' in NHS trial

From BBC - March 3, 2018

The NHS plans to cut prostate cancer diagnosis times from six weeks to a matter of days, NHS England has said.

Currently a test for men with prostate cancer requires an MRI scan and a biopsy where a dozen samples are taken, requiring multiple hospital visits.

But a new "one-stop" service will be trialled in three west London hospitals which hopes to complete all the necessary tests in one day.

NHS England CEO Simon Stevens said the programme was "world-leading".

A new MRI scan, known as an mpMRI, provides higher quality imagery and provides up to 40% of patients with a a same day diagnosis.

For people who need a biopsy, ultrasound images with 3D MRI scans are used to target areas for taking tissue samples.

'Encouraging breakthrough'


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