A recent study published in the Lancet has shown that using MRI scans to detect prostate cancer may save unnecessary biopsies and also pick up aggressive cancers which need treatment. At the moment, biopsies are taken randomly which may mean that the cancer is missed. More importantly, it will avoid unnecessary invasive procedures which can have lasting effects whether or not cancer is diagnosed.
Here you will find the full article taken from Cancer Research UK:
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-u ... -diagnosis
And here is the link to the Lancet Report entitled Diagnostic accuracy of multi-parametric MRI and TRUS biopsy in prostate cancer (PROMIS): a paired validating confirmatory study:
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance ... 1/abstract