Researchers from a Canadian hospital have successfully performed a kind of MRI test, called an elastogram, to map the stiffness of kidney tissue among people who have had kidney transplants. Determining the stiffness of kidney tissue helps measure scarring in the organ, because healthy tissues are softer than damaged ones.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American males, and is projected to affect 161,360 new patients this year alone. However, even if one in 39 men usually die of it, relative survival rates are at least 96%. Early detection through prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings, digital rectal exams (DRE), and biopsies help prevent the […]
According to researchers at the National Cancer Institute, rapid whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is “a feasible strategy for detecting early-stage disease” in patients with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS). This is because whole-body scans can identify cancerous cells even before symptoms surface. These early scans may also serve as baselines should continuous evaluations be needed.
An MRI is understandably uncomfortable for children because of the tight space, noises, and lying still involved; their discomfort can also make the experience difficult for the adults accompanying them.
Positron emission tomography (PET) scans help physicians and clinicians see how well the tissues and organs inside the body are functioning. Among the functions that a PET scan can detect include blood flow, glucose metabolism, and oxygen use. Because of its ability to detect these bodily functions, a PET scan can effectively be used to […]
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are instrumental in determining the success of cancer treatments. Using an MRI machine, physicians might be able to tell if a tumor is malignant or benign. MRI can also be used to identify if the cancer has metastasized or spread to other parts of the body. As well, MRI scanning […]