Multiparametric MRI usage data for your Health Board

Martin Abrams (Prostate Cancer UK) made this Freedom of Information request to Hywel Dda University Health Board as part of a batch sent to 7 authorities

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Martin Abrams (Prostate Cancer UK)

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

Within your Health Board, 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 (http://abstract.asco.org/176/AbstView_17...).

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

Yours sincerely,

Dr Ali Cooper
Knowledge Manager

Prostate Cancer UK
4th Floor, Counting House
53 Tooley Street
London
SE1 2QN

0203 310 7000

Martin Abrams (Prostate Cancer UK)

Dear Hywel Dda Local Health Board,

In addition to the FOI request sent yesterday, please note the information you provide may be re-used publically.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,
Ali Cooper (Prostate Cancer UK)

FOI HywelDda (Hywel Dda UHB - Freedom of Information), Hywel Dda University Health Board

Dear Dr Cooper

 

Information Requested Under The Freedom Of Information Act 2000

 

Thank you for your recent request for the supply of information relating
to MRI scans and prostate biopsies. 

 

Under the Act, the Health Board is required to supply the information to
you within 20 working days.  In terms of your request, this means that the
information should be provided by 16 June 2016.  If this is not possible,
a further letter will be sent advising you of the progress made in
satisfying your request.

 

Please find attached our [1]leaflet giving guidance on our procedure for
managing requests for information that is covered under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Kathryn Thoms

 

Swyddog Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information Officer

Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Hywel Dda/Hywel Dda University Health Board

Prince Philip Hospital/Ysbyty Tywysog Philip

Bryngwyn Mawr

Llanelli

Sir Gaerfyrddin/ Carmarthenshire 

SA14 8QF

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FOI HywelDda (Hywel Dda UHB - Freedom of Information), Hywel Dda University Health Board

Dear Dr Cooper

 

Information Requested Under The Freedom Of Information Act 2000

 

Thank you for the addition to your recent request for the supply of
information relating to bowel cancer. 

 

Under the Act, the Health Board is required to supply the information to
you within 20 working days.  In terms of your request, this means that the
information should be provided by 1 July 2016.   If this is not possible,
a further letter will be sent advising you of the progress made in
satisfying your request.

 

Please find attached our [1]leaflet giving guidance on our procedure for
managing requests for information that is covered under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Kathryn Thomas

 

Swyddog Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information Officer

Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Hywel Dda/Hywel Dda University Health Board

Prince Philip Hospital/Ysbyty Tywysog Philip

Bryngwyn Mawr

Llanelli

Sir Gaerfyrddin/ Carmarthenshire 

SA14 8QF

References

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FOI HywelDda (Hywel Dda UHB - Freedom of Information), Hywel Dda University Health Board

1 Attachment

Dear Dr Cooper
 
Please find attached the response to the request you made for information
under the Freedom of Information Act.
 
Best wishes
Kathryn Thomas
 

Swyddog Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information Officer

Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Hywel Dda/Hywel Dda University Health Board

Prince Philip Hospital/Ysbyty Tywysog Philip

Bryngwyn Mawr

Llanelli

Sir Gaerfyrddin/ Carmarthenshire 

SA14 8QF