New Michigan Guidelines Do Better Job of Detecting Spread of Prostate Cancer

New Michigan Guidelines Do Better Job of Detecting Spread of Prostate Cancer
New guidelines are helping Michigan urologists decide which prostate cancer patients should have computed tomography (CT) scans to see if their disease if spreading. The practical effect of the guidelines has been impressive. Urologists have used them to increase the rate of aggressive cancer detection and reduce by more 40 percent the number of patients who have diagnostic bone and CT scans. The reduction in scans saved patients and insurers around $275,000. University of Michigan researchers representing different fields drew up the guidelines. "Traditionally, urologists have relied on their individual expertise and experience to decide who should be scanned," Dr. Brian Denton said in a
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