MRI misses one in six prostate cancer diagnoses

Claims that MRI scans will dramatically curb the number of prostate biopsies have been thrown into doubt by research showing that the technology misses one in six high-grade cancers.

Findings presented at the American Urological Association's annual meeting in New Orleans shows multiparametiric MRI (mp-MRI) misses 16% of high-grade cancers (Gleason score >7) in men with elevated PSA levels.

This is based on a US study of 1044 men that was designed to investigate the reliability of MRI as an initial test instead of the traditional 12

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