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Competition in MRI Technology

“Everyone is keeping up with the Joneses, and there are more Joneses than ever.” This statement from art critic Jerry Saltz refers to the buying habits of a public hungry for trendy art. However, it could as easily apply to MRI technology, where the strength of the magnet—measured in units called Tesla, or T—makes all keep reading

Demythologizing the Gold Standard

We live in an age of medical specialties that “compete” for patients. In women’s health, for example, treating noncancerous growths called uterine fibroid tumors has traditionally been the territory of gynecologists. Gynecologists, like urologists, were trained in surgery so they often recommend hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) as the gold standard for treating severe keep reading

Statins and Prostate Cancer: An Update

Last December I posted a blog entry on the possibility that statins, a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, can reduce the risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer (PCa). If you’re interested, I summarized the relationship between how statins control cholesterol and scientific theories about the connection with PCa; you can read it at https://sperlingprostatecenter.com/statins-prostate-cancer/. I try keep reading

Telling the Truth About Post-Radiation Sexual Problems

Radiation treatments for prostate cancer are used in many different forms, both beam radiation and seed implants: EBRT (External Beam Radiation Therapy IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) 3D-CRT (3D Conformal Radiation Therapy) SBRT (Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy) Proton beam Brachytherapy (radioactive seed implants, either permanent or a single treatment of high dose rate brachytherapy, or keep reading

MRI and The Magic 8 Ball

Prostate MRI - Sperling Prostate Center
Within a few years after the blog below was posted, continued progress in multiparametric MRI (mpMRI) methods bolstered its ability to predict aggressiveness of prostate cancer (PCa) before biopsy. Technologic improvements have led to faster image acquisition and higher resolution images, in turn enhancing its predictive power. Now, to add even more predictive value... keep reading
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