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Iranian helps treat cancers by new imaging technology

June 11, 2014

An Iranian scientist, Bahar Mansouri, at Cleveland University has published findings that a new form of imaging-PET/MRI-is promising for several types of cancer.

In an article titled "PET/MRI: Applications in Clinical Imaging," published in Current Radiology Reports, the authors outline their initial clinical experience in diagnosing and staging cancer patients with this novel technology, ISNA said.

Working in collaboration with researchers from Philips Healthcare, the team found that MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and PET (Positron Emission Tomography) provided added value in the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancers, cervical, uterine, ovarian and pancreatic cancers.

The researchers examined 145 cancer patients with a double-scanning protocol of PET/CT followed by a PET/MRI performed on the Philips Ingenuity TF PET/MRI system.

"Our preliminary experience with this new diagnostic imaging technology proves that it is promising for oncologic applications," said study lead author Karin Herrmann, MD, radiologist at UH Case Medical Center and visiting associate professor of radiology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

"We found the PET/MRI enhanced our ability to detect malignant areas and more accurately and confidently diagnose several types of cancers, potentially providing physicians with the ability to improve treatment planning and better monitor the disease."

The PET/MRI is a new hybrid imaging modality that brings together the complementary capabilities of MRI and PET scanning to better visualize both functional and anatomical information and to superimpose this information in a combined digital image.

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Source: Iran Daily