THE DETECTION OF TUMORS

THE NEW METHODS USED FOR THE DETECTION OF TUMORS

Today, the most commonly used methods for the detection of tumors are nuclear medicine imaging methods. Radiation level of substances used in these methods is considered to be very low to cause any immediate damage however with the repetitive exposure, radiation side effects may occur later with the increasing age; especially in children.

Therefore, the researchers from Stanford University have developed a new method to eliminate the radiation exposure occurred during the processes of detection and monitoring of cancer.

This new method is a modified version of MRI scan method. With the participation of 22 patients with lymphoma and sarcoma, the study has shown that the new method and currently used ionizing radiation have the same success rate, with the only difference is that patients are not being exposed to radiation during the detection of tumors. Consequently, the possible side effects of repetitive radiotherapy can significantly be reduced with this method.

With all these benefits, the new method is intended to be used for the detection of all types of cancer in the near future.

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