Hybrid PET and MRI imaging on the horizon: Shows promise for the detection of cancerous tumors

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 14:30 in Physics & Chemistry

Preliminary research is breaking new ground for the development of a brand new hybrid molecular imaging system. Simultaneous positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is providing important diagnostic information about soft tissues and physiological functions throughout the body. Scans focused on screening suspicious lesions for cancer are already comparable to more conventional molecular imaging methods. Further research could lead to the clinical use of PET/MRI as an additional tool for detecting cancer and other diseases.

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