Cancer diagnosis to benefit from supernovas technology

11 March 2013

Cancer diagnosis is now being conducted using technology designed to detect supernovas hidden in space.

In a joint endeavour between astronomers and oncologists at Cambridge University, software was adapted to monitor the different types of tumours, the Daily Mail reported.

Results showed that computer programming offered a diagnosis that was no less accurate than a human pathologist and, in some instances, was more objective in its analysis.

Raza Ali, who works for the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute and was involved in the study, explained to the newspaper: "Grading tumours by size and how aggressively they have grown also enables doctors to know how well a patient is likely to respond to treatment in the short and long-term."

Using this new technology now makes this easier for doctors, increasing the chance of a positive outcome for patients.

This follows work at Northwestern Medicine to develop a new method - similar to forecasting storms with computer models - to predict individual patient brain tumour growth.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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