Testicular cancer is cancer that starts in the testicles, the male reproductive glands located in the scrotum.
NEW TEST WITHOUT BIOPSY FOR TESTICULAR CANCER American researchers have shown that MRI scans can be used to diagnose testicular cancer without the need for painful biopsies. The scans were 100 per cent successful at identifying benign tumors. Prior surgery and histological examination revealed 28 malignant and 8 benign lesions in 33 patients. Of those 36 lesions, MRI correctly identified all 28 malignant lesions and 7/8 benign lesions. "Medical imaging plays an important role in the investigation of testicular masses," said Athina C. Tsili, MD, lead author of the study. "Sonography, although the primary imaging technique for the evaluation of scrotal contents, does not always allow confident characterization of the nature of a testicular mass. The purpose of our study was to assess the role of MRI in the preoperative characterization and local staging of testicular masses," said Tsili.