Hybrid MRI-PET Scanner Reveals Tumors Earlier and in More Detail

Improved imaging technology promises more timely diagnosis and could be available for clinical use within three years.

Researchers this week announced a new, faster way of imaging inside the body that could detect tumors more quickly and lead to earlier treatment. Scientists from the University of Tübingen in Germany report in this week's Nature Medicine that they were able to locate and monitor tumor growth in mice with a scanner they developed that combines positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—and said they were optimistic it could be ready to use in humans within three years.

source: Scientific American

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