(2) very interesting articles. Article #1 deals with how early BPA exposure increases prostate cancer risk in plastic bottles. Article #2 deals with a new approach of combining PET with magnetic resonance (PET/MR) was shown to be more sensitive—compared with PET/CT—in detecting recurrent prostate cancer.
1) Study: BPA Exposure in Developing Prostate Increases Later Cancer Risk !
Now, Prins and colleagues show that early BPA exposure increases the cancer risk in animal models of human prostate cancer. Prins presented the results at the Endocrine Society’s Annual Meeting & Expo in June.“The most important findings are that the human prostate epithelium responds in a similar manner as previous studies found in rodents,” Prins told Cancer Network. The results show that even low doses of BPA could cause early, subtle changes that can have latent consequences.
2) PET/MR Outperforms PET/CT in Detecting Prostate Cancer Recurrence
In a recent study, the new approach of combining PET with magnetic resonance (PET/MR) was shown to be more sensitive—compared with PET/CT—in detecting recurrent prostate cancer. The PET/MR approach detected more areas of recurrent metastatic disease, including more bone and lymph node metastasis compared with PET/CT.
“The main difference was the substantial higher detection rate of local recurrences in PET/MR compared to PET/CT,” said lead author Matthias Eiber, MD, of the Technical University Munich, Germany.
The results were presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Annual Meeting held in Vancouver.
A PET scan shows how tissues and organs in the body are functioning thanks to a radioactive tracer that is injected into the patient via the bloodstream. The MRI technology gives an image of soft tissues, bone, and organs in the body.
MR imaging is based on the amount of water in the body and results in finer detailed imaging compared with the x-ray–based CT scan.
PET/MR scanning takes longer than PET/CT but was found to be tolerable by patients. Another benefit of PET/MR is the lower radiation exposure compared with PET/CT, a likely important factor for patients who get sequential scans of their cancer over a relatively short period of time. The study found that PET/MR has the potential to reduce radiation exposure by as much as 80% compared with the PET/CT approach.
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