Institution - University College London
Researcher - Dr Shonit Punwani
Grant award - £334,254
Duration - 2014-2017
Reference - PG13-026 Punwani

In a nutshell

Finding better ways to detect whether prostate cancer has spread to other sites in the body using advanced MRI imaging techniques.

Why we funded it

Prostate cancer that has spread to other sites in the body (metastasized) can be difficult to diagnose because very small amounts of cancerous cells are difficult to spot using our current imaging techniques. If we had more sensitive ways to detect prostate cancer spread then the appropriate treatment could be started as soon as possible. This project will investigate whether an advanced MRI imaging technique called multi-parametric MRI is more sensitive than our current imaging techniques. The researchers will directly compare their mult-parametric MRI technique with the computed tomograph (CT) and bone scan that are currently used to detect metastatic prostate cancer.

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