New targeted biopsies better for detecting high-risk prostate cancer

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Prostate cancer is usually diagnosed with a standard biopsy but a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looking at a more targeted approach that uses magnetic resonance imaging or MRI technology says there may be a more effective approach.

Researchers looked at more than 1,000 men with elevated PSA levels.

These men underwent both an MRI-guided targeted biopsy and also the traditional standard biopsy using ultrasound alone. The results of both biopsies were then compared.

The targeted MRI guided biopsy had a 30 percent increase in detection of high-risk prostate cancer as compared to the traditional biopsies.