New MRI scan could improve cancer treatment

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 11:01 am | Updated: 11:03 am, Thu Jan 30, 2014.

Bone marrow biopsies can be painful for patients with myeloma, which is one of the most common forms of blood cancer, and often fail to show doctors how far the disease has spread. However, a new type of MRI scan could improve care for myeloma and reduce reliance on bone marrow biopsies.

The study conducted at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, involved 26 patients who had the new whole-body, diffusion-weighted MRI scans before and after treatment. In 86 percent of cases, experienced doctors trained in imaging were able to spot whether patients responded to treatment. The doctors also correctly identified those patients who weren’t responding to treatment 80 percent of the time. Also, by using the scanning technique, doctors could pinpoint exactly where the cancer was in the bones, with the results available right away.

"The results can be visualised immediately; we can look on the screen and see straight away where the cancer is and measure how severe it is. The scan is better than blood tests, which don't tell us in which bones the cancer is located. It also reduces the need for uncomfortable biopsies, which don't reveal the extent or severity of the disease,” Professor Nandita deSouza, Professor of Translational Imaging at The Institute of Cancer Research and Honorary Consultant at The Royal Marsden, was quoted as saying.

YOUR Health and Wellness News


More about

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Featured Health Care Providers Sponsored directory

PRIMARY CARE

Jack E. Baron, MD

View Profile >

GERIATRICS

Dr. Sarah Kagan, PhD, RN, FAAN

View Profile >

SPORTS MEDICINE

John T. Moor, MD

View Profile >

INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGIST

Gerald Grubbs, MD

View Profile >

CARDIOLOGY - CROUCH

F. Michael Crouch, M.D.

View Profile >

PROSTATE CANCER

Michael J. Dattoli, MD

View Profile >

SUBMIT PHOTOS & VIDEOS | VIEW ALL PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Send your photos & videos to Pix@MySuncoast.com and you could be featured on ABC 7 & our website.