University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Viewing Prostate Cancer Aggressiveness in a Unique Way

By UCSF School of Pharmacy | July 8, 2011

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), used with a novel pyruvate chemical compound that is specially labeled to be read by the MRI machine, is being applied for the first time in humans to study the aggressiveness of prostate cancer in patients and the success of prostate cancer therapies. The chemical compound is energized, then quickly injected into the prostate cancer patient before imaging begins.

The UCSF research project brings together the imaging expertise of mathematician and bioengineer Sarah Nelson, PhD, and the pharmacy and compound formulation expertise of pharmacist Marcus Ferrone, PharmD. Nelson is a faculty member in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine. Ferrone is a faculty member in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, UCSF School of Pharmacy.

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