Imperial Prostate has developed and tested a new MRI technique called a PROSTAGRAM.
The PROSTAGRAM is simple, non-invasive scan which lasts about 10 minutes. A PROSTAGRAM takes detailed pictures of the prostate using magnetic pulses - it does not involve radiation. As a result of seeing the entire prostate, cancers are more likely to be detected.
MRI is currently only offered to men who request and then have an abnormal PSA blood test and are seen in hospital. This follows a decade of research, which we have led on, that confirmed that MRI is an accurate method of diagnosing prostate cancer.
PROSTAGRAM could allow all men to be offered a fast MRI in the community. The aim for this to be the first reliable method for identifying dangerous tumours in the general population.