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A prostate cancer scan to potentially replace current invasive examination techniques.
Prostagram employs MRI scanning and is modelled on breast cancer screening.
Detected twice as many clinically significant cancers as the standard prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test.
The 15-minute scan could find an extra 40,000 cases of prostate cancer a year in the UK alone.
“...potential to detect more aggressive cancers and pass over which don’t need to be diagnosed," - Hashim Ahmed, senior author.
Men have the opportunity to be offered less invasive treatments.
Number of prostate cancer deaths in the UK has overtaken the number of breast cancer deaths.
PSA tests are unreliable and can yield false positive results.
Digital rectal examinations are invasive and also have issues with reliability.
“Plans for a more extensive trial covering 20,000 men,” - David Eldred-Evans, co-author.
Research by Imperial College London published in Journal Jama Oncology.