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A new imaging method can double the visibility of brain tumors when scanned

Scientists from the Feinberg school of Medicine at northwestern University in the United States have developed a new three-dimensional imaging method that significantly improves the visibility of brain tumors in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Author: Bolysbek Dana 

Translator: Tursunova Balkadisha 

Editor: Aigerim Akhmetova  



In a study of 54 patients with brain tumors, it was found that the three-dimensional imaging method provides a twofold improvement in the contrast between tumors and normal brain tissue compared to the widely used existing MRI methods. This significantly improved the visibility of the tumor, thus allowing the detection of malignant tumors at an earlier stage. 


The T1RESS method uses radio waves and magnetic fields used to generate the MRI signal in a different way than existing cancer imaging methods. 


The advantage of the new technique is especially noticeable in very small malignant tumors that are difficult to see and can be missed using standard imaging methods. According to Edelman, for patients undergoing surgery or radiation treatment, the hope is that improved visibility of the edges of the tumor when scanned with contrast will provide treatment for the entire tumor and lead to better results. 


Next, the researchers plan to use this technique to detect breast and prostate cancer. 


According to Edelman, the results of this initial study should be confirmed in a larger multicenter study. 


If the benefits are confirmed, scientists can easily make this technology widely available on MRI scanners around the world. This is due to the fact that the technology only requires the installation of a specialized software package.