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 news release. "These guidelines provide a new tool that will help them administer scans to more people who do need them and fewer people who don't. And the fact that we're using actual data from the state of Michigan, where the urologists and patients reside, is critically important." Denton is both a professor of industrial and operations engineering at the university's College of Engineering and professor of urology at the university's Medical School. "We were pleased to see that this intervention led to such meaningful results," said Dr. David Miller, another urology professor. "I think it shows the power of collaboration between medicine and engineering, and I'm looking forward to seeing how data and predictive analytics can help improve outcomes and efficiency in other areas as well." Researchers decided to do a study on the use of the guidelines to predict whether a prostate cancer patient would develop an aggressive form o
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