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New York hospital using GPS to diagnose prostate cancer

by GPS4US 2013-12-24 14:35

Doctors at the Upstate Medical University in New York are now using GPS technology to diagnose prostate
cancer in men, Syracuse.com reports.

The facility announced Monday that it recently purchased an imaging system called UroNav that combines
MRIs and ultrasound to give doctors a 3D view of the prostate gland.

The images show potentially cancerous areas, and a GPS device isolates areas where doctorsmust insert
needles to perform the biopsy necessary for cancer diagnosis.

The method tends to be more accurate than traditional prostate exams of performing biopsies on random
parts of the prostate after a test shows cancer may be present, Syracuse.com reports.

"They are wrong most of the time and miss most cancers," Dr. Srinivas Vourganti, an assistant professor
of urology at Upstate, told Syracuse.com.

Upstate is the third hospital in the United States to use the technology, and it paid $400,000 for the
GPS system.

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