INDIAN WELLS, Calif., Sept. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — HALO Diagnostics (HALO Dx) now offers men with suspected metastatic and recurrent prostate cancer another groundbreaking advanced imaging option.

HALO Diagnostics, known for pioneering MRI-guided Laser Focal Therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer, today announced the adoption of imaging agent, PYLARIFY® (piflufolastat F-18) Injection for use with targeted positron emission tomography (PET) imaging.

“PYLARIFY is a game-changer for early detection of metastasis and recurrence in men previously treated for the disease.”

PYLARIFY®, developed by Lantheus, targets a prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) protein overexpressed on the surface of 95 percent of prostate cancer cells circulating in a man’s blood. It is the first commercially available, FDA approved PSMA PET imaging agent for prostate cancer.

“PYLARIFY is a molecular imaging game changer for early detection of metastasis in newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients, and for recurrence in men previously treated for the disease,” said Dr. John Feller, HALO Diagnostics Chief Medical Officer. “Early and more precise detection gives patients multiple treatment options.”

Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer affecting American men. An estimated one in eight will be diagnosed in their lifetime.

Of men with localized prostate cancer who undergo initial treatment, as many as 50 percent may experience recurrence within ten years. Recurrent disease is often detected by rising PSA levels; however, conventional imaging, especially at low PSA levels, is not able to identify the location and extent of the disease in most cases.

PYLARIFY® enables visualization of microscopic amounts of cancer that have metastasized beyond the prostate by binding to PSMA and causing the cancer cells to “light up” on a PET scan, allowing the reader to better detect and locate the disease. Early detection saves lives.

The radiotracer is now included in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines for imaging prostate cancer.

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