Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Made Easier


Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Made Easier

The team of physicians and engineers at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) has now brought forward a new tool dubbed Artemis to diagnose prostate cancer.

Till now, doctors used an old technique to diagnose the disease by which it was quite difficult to test the cancer. They relied on biopsy which began 25 years ago and was not a good method to do the diagnosis.

The new technique used Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) along with real time ultrasound system to fix the problem with the old technique. This new technology will help the doctors by letting them figuring out the cancer from high resolution 3-D images instead of inspecting the disease visually during biopsy.

The groundbreaking procedure will help to diagnose the prostate cancer earlier in men with serious cancers and those who have comparatively less serious disease can be helped to avoid unnecessary treatments. As expected by the health authorities, some 240,000 prostates cancers will be diagnosed in the United States this year; however, they affirmed that not every cancer is deadly.

"Artemis has delivered very dramatic results, and the rate of cancer detection in these targeted biopsies is very high. We're finding a lot of tumors", said Leonard Marks, MD, University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) professor of urology and the Director of the UCLA Active Surveillance Program.

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