Martin Abrams (Prostate Cancer UK)

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act to request the following information from your Trust.

Within your Trust, we would be grateful for the following information at your earliest convenience:

1. Do you conduct multi-parametric MRI (mpMRI) scans (using T2-weighted, diffusion-weighted and dynamically enhanced sequences) before prostate biopsies?

If no, it would be helpful to know what the main reasons are:
If yes, it would be helpful if you can you provide an estimate of the percentage of men who receive an mpMRI scan before prostate biopsy:

2. How many scanners do you have available to use for mpMRI scans before prostate biopsy?

3. For each individual scanner used for mpMRI scans before prostate biopsy, please provide the following:
• Make
• Model
• Magnetic field strength
• Age
• When the scanner is due to be replaced

4. How many mpMRI scans before prostate biopsy do you estimate you carry out per year?
• 0
• Up to 50
• 50 -100
• 100 – 250
• 250 – 500
• 500 – 750
• 750 – 1000
• More than 1000

5.i. Do you intend to increase the number of mpMRI scans before prostate biopsy following the first results from the large clinical trial PROMIS?

The ASCO 2016 abstract has shown mpMRI as a triage test can identify one quarter of men (27%) who might safely avoid unnecessary biopsy, without impairing the detection of clinically significant cancer (

5.ii If yes, do you currently have sufficient resources and capacity to cope with this increase?

The information you provide may be re-used publicly. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Ali Cooper
Knowledge Manager
Prostate Cancer UK
4th Floor, Counting House
53 Tooley Street

0203 310 7000

penninecare foi (PENNINE CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust


Dear Dr Cooper,


FOI ref: 2016/0753


This is to inform you that Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust provide
Mental Health and Community Services in several boroughs within Greater
Manchester.  We do not have MRI scanners and therefore, we cannot provide
the information you require.


You could contact each of the Acute Hospitals within our catchment area as


Fairfield General Hospital

Rochdale Road, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 7TD


Royal Oldham Hospital

Rochdale Road, Oldham, Lancashire, OL1 2JH


Stepping Hill Hospital

Poplar Grove, Stockport, Cheshire, SK2 7JE


Tameside Hospital

Fountain Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, OL6 9RW


Yours sincerely,


Julie Higginbottom

Information Governance Administrator


Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

225 Old Street

Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7SR



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