posted on Mar, 28 2005 @ 06:02 PM
US researchers report that a special type of MRI can help doctors and patients decide whether a brain tumor treatment is working. The new MRI scan
uses magnetic resonance imaging to track the movement or diffussion of water through the brain. Tumor cells block the flow of water, so if the
treatment works and kills the tumor cells, more water flows which would show up on this new type of MRI scan.
A special type of MRI scan could help doctors and patients decide quickly whether treatment for brain tumors is doing any good, U.S. researchers
reported on Monday.
The scan uses magnetic resonance imaging to track the diffusion, or movement, of water through the brain.
Tumor cells block the flow of water, so as those cells die, water diffusion patterns change, and the new MRI technology can track it, the team at the
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center said.
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This new type of MRI scan will help many people with their tumor treatments. The advances of technology always surprise me. Someday they will have
a cure for all cancers and tumors.
They did a study with 20 people that had malignant brain tumors. Usually it takes 10 weeks to see if chemo or radiation therapy is working, now they
have answers within 3 weeks.