Imaging reduces prostate cancer biopsies: study

Government funding of multiparametric MRI of the prostate is also increasing equity in healthcare, clinicians say

Prostate imaging is likely sparing patients from biopsies at a rate of more than 400 a month in Australia, urologists and radiologists say.

Senior man having MRI scan

In an analysis of data from 2007-2019 the team from the University of Melbourne found the introduction of the technology in 2012 coincided with a reduction of 355 prostate biopsies per month.

When Medicare funding became available in the 2018-19 financial year, it took the figure to 414 fewer biopsies per month, they reported.

Their analysis