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New technology which combines MRI with real-time 3D ultrasound could achieve targeted biopsy in prostate cancer, it has been revealed.
Research published online in the journal Urologic Oncology found that the method could significantly improve the way prostate biopsy is performed.
Study author Dr Leonard S Marks, of the University of California Los Angeles, said that explained that using two-dimensional ultrasound makes it difficult to detect and target suspicious areas. This means urologists must take samples from the entire prostate.
"Despite the technology revolution of the past several decades, we are still performing prostate biopsies just the same as in the mid-1980s," he explained.
"We are hopeful that new imaging methods like MRI–ultrasound fusion may soon change that."
This follows news of a new algorithm which looks set to improve the ability of radiologists to capture and interpret full-body MRIs.
Dr Candice Bookwalter presented the Motion Artifact Removal by Retrospective Resolution Reduction to the American Roentgen Ray Society.
Written by Mathew Horton
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