Quick Test Checks For Bladder Cancer

A rapid new urine test for bladder cancer, similar to a home pregnancy test, may soon be available for use in physician offices.

The test is simpler to use and more sensitive than a similar test by the same manufacturer, available since 1995, said Dr. Michael Sarosdy, professor of surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center here.

“It’s like a pregnancy test - five drops of plain urine into a well, and five minutes later you’re looking at the result,” said Sarosdy.

The BTA (bladder tumor antigen) stat test, manufactured by Bard Diagnostic Sciences in Redmond, Wash., is awaiting Food and Drug Administration approval.

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