Developing a rapid MRI scan as a potential mass screening tool for prostate cancer

Prostagram - developing the concept of a rapid MRI scan as a potential mass screening tool for prostate cancer, currently being evaluated across the UK as one of the biggest ever urology trials.

(Pictured right, The Prostagram team - from left to right: Dr Henry Tam, Mr Mathias Winkler, Mr David Eldred-Evans and Professor Hashim Ahmed)

The challenge

The big challenge in creating a screening programme for the disease is detecting dangerous cancers without leading to more men needing biopsies. As biopsies are painful and risk causing an infection, tests need to minimise the number of false positives.

Our role

Research part-funded by The Urology Foundation tested a 15-minute MRI scan, dubbed a prostagram, to see how well it works. The scan does not lead to more men having a biopsy than the PSA test, and it appears to be better at detecting aggressive cancers. Over 400 men were screened in the trial, and 11 cases of clinically significant cancer were seen by MRI, while only seven were seen with PSA.

Next steps

The prostagram will need to be tested in a larger trial with thousands of men screened to verify its improved detection.

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