New MRI technology may provide diagnosis of prostate cancer within days.

According to the BBC, tests of new diagnosis methods for prostate cancer are being undertaken in three major London hospitals over the next two years, involving approximately 5,000 men.

Instead of using a traditional MRI scan, the new method will make use of a new type of MRI scan, an mpMRI, short for multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging.

The advantage of the new technology is that it can use three different types of scan to give a higher quality picture of the patient’s prostate. This should enable a more accurate assessment of those men who require further investigation through a biopsy. It is hoped that this will reduce the number of men having to undergo unnecessary biopsies whilst also reducing diagnosis times to days rather than weeks.

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