A new MRI innovation makes cancerous tissue glow in medical images could help doctors more accurately detect and track the progression of cancer over time.
The MRI innovation creates images in which cancerous tissue appears to light up compared to healthy tissue, making it easier to see. This new technology has promising potential to improve cancer screening, prognosis and treatment planning.
Irregular packing of cells leads to differences in the way water molecules move in cancerous tissue compared to healthy tissue. The new technology, called synthetic correlated diffusion imaging, highlights these differences by capturing, synthesizing and mixing MRI signals at different gradient pulse strengths and timings.
In the largest study of its kind, the researchers collaborated with medical experts to apply the technology to a cohort of 200 patients with prostate cancer. Compared to standard MRI techniques, synthetic correlated diffusion imaging was better at delineating significant cancerous tissue, making it a potentially powerful tool for doctors and radiologists.