New MRI method can spot cancer early

15 March 2013

Spotting cancer at an early stage is vital and now a new method of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could make this easier.

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center have used the latest MRI technologies to scan for different physical properties simultaneously.

The means that certain cancers, multiple sclerosis, heart disease and other conditions could become identifiable at the stage in which they are most treatable.

According to researchers, the new MRI method is much faster than existing processes and scientists were able to scan the brain for cerebrospinal fluid in approximately 12 seconds.

With speeds rapidly increasing, MRI scanning could become part of standard procedure for annual check-ups.

March Griswold, a radiology professor at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, stated: "The overall goal is to specifically identify individual tissues and diseases, to hopefully see things and quantify things before they become a problem."

With diagnosis time playing a huge role in the effectiveness of cancer treatment, the new MRI methods could be lifesaving.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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