Radboud MC teaching hospital in Nijmegen has developed a faster way to diagnose prostate cancer, reports NOS.
The process used to take months – with an ultrasound scan and testing of 12 random samples of prostate tissue – but now doctors can apparently reach a diagnosis in two weeks.
Urologist Michiel Sedelaar told NOS Radio 1 Journaal that they will now do an MRI scan to see whether there are changes in the prostate, and can give an all clear the same day.
Only if there are doubts will a tissue sample be taken, and results given in a week.
Sedelaar claimed that this method would be cheaper than the current test, which is used in 40,000 men a year. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in Dutch men.