New MRI Technique Could Help Early Prostate Cancer Detection

New MRI Technique Could Help Early Prostate Cancer Detection
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers have developed a new MRI technique that is able to detect prostate cancer in its early stages. Prostate cancer tissue releases lower levels of zinc when compared to healthy prostatic tissue, allowing clinicians to differentiate between the two types of tissues. MRI is a non-invasive medical imaging technique that uses harmless magnetic fields and radio waves. It is widely used in hospitals and in clinics for medical diagnosis and to monitor the progression of disease without exposing the body to ionizing radiation. Normal MRI's, however, cannot reliably distinguish between zinc levels in healthy versus cancerous prostate tissue. This new approach uses a novel zinc ion-sensing
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  1. Lloyd L Crabtree says:

    In October 2000, I was a patient in the MRI study through the Swedish Urology Group in Seattle, WA. In comparing the MRI results with the post-surgery pathology of my prostate, it was almost 100% accurate. The MRI didn’t identify that the cancer had come through the prostate wall. The ultrasound for the biopsy had only showed a pea size tumor in the right side whereas the tumor was in both sides and on the right, about 2/3 full. My PSA at the time was 4.9

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