HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
New imaging technique developed to identify breast cancer

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have for the first time used a chemical marker detected by proton magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) to successfully diagnose breast cancer. The diagnostic technique produces pictures of choline within breast tumors.

In the study, researchers from the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science at Hopkins demonstrated that choline signals analyzed by MRI were significantly elevated in malignant tumors in 15 of 18 patients studied. Three of the cases could not be included because of technical failures such as patient movement or computer failure during the scanning procedure.

The results are published in the December-January issue of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Scientists have long known that cancers contain elevated levels of choline, a product of membrane synthesis, but the Hopkins study is believed to be the first to demonstrate its value in accurately identifying breast tumors.

MRSI of the breast does not appear likely to be cost-effective as a routine screening tool for breast cancer, but may prove to be a viable, noninvasive alternative to biopsy in cases with positive mammography or clinical breast exam results, says Michael A. Jacobs, Ph.D., the lead researcher for the Hopkins study. "What MRSI does provide is information about the molecular environment of breast tumors, which also may be useful in designing therapeutic interventions for patients."

Proton magnetic resonance imaging uses the water content in tissue to produce images by measuring signals emitted after subjecting the tissue to high magnetic fields, but provides no information on the chemical or molecular aspects of the tissue being imaged. Combining proton MRI with spectroscopy allows the scientists to differentiate intracellular components of the cell and signals emitted by certain biochemicals, such as choline.

In the study, 15 patients who had been referred
'"/>

Contact: Gary Stephenson
gstephenson@jhmi.edu
410-955-5384
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
1-Mar-2004


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. New imaging technology at Joslin shown to detect early signs of type 1 diabetes
2. Trojan Horses, xenon imaging and remote controlled genes
3. Small animal imaging gives cancer clues
4. Computer imaging of Archeopteryx skull suggests this dinosaur-bird link could fly
5. Innovative efforts target epigenetics, molecular imaging
6. Carnegie Mellon U. imaging study reveals sex-based differences that persist as mice enter adulthood
7. Whole body imaging allows better understanding of the immune system
8. 3-D micro-imaging technology licensed to Carl Zeiss Jena
9. SPECT imaging shows promise for accurate, early diagnosis of Alzheimers
10. Carnegie Mellon enhances Quantum Dot Corp. technology for long-term, live-animal imaging
11. Combining various magnetic resonance imaging techniques may help improve breast cancer detection

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/12/2016)... -- WearablesResearch.com , a brand of Troubadour Research ... the Q1 wave of its quarterly wearables survey. A ... to a program where they would receive discounts for ... "We were surprised to see that so ... , CEO of Troubadour Research, "primarily because there are ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... BANGALORE, India , April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... product subsidiary of Infosys (NYSE: INFY ), and ... global partnership that will provide end customers with ... banking and payment services.      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130122/589162 ... area for financial services, but it also plays a fundamental ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... April 27, 2016 Research ... Multi-modal Biometrics Market 2016-2020"  report to their offering.  ... The analysts forecast the global multimodal ... 15.49% during the period 2016-2020.  Multimodal ... sectors such as the healthcare, BFSI, transportation, automotive, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... Oxitec CEO Hadyn Parry will testify ... before the United States House Committee on Science, Space and ... controlling the spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, ... (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150630/227348 ) Oxitec has pioneered ... in Brazil , Panama ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... ... ... The leading Regenerative Veterinary Medicine Company, VetStem Biopharma ., is proud ... of their own patients with the VetStem Cell Therapy. Each of these veterinarians has ... patients. , The veterinarians are Dr Ross Rich former owner of Cave Creek ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... , May 19, 2016  AdvancedFlow Systems ... Inc. (AGI), based out of Maple ... Biogas Ltd. to its existing portfolio of contract ... agreement. AFS along with its sister companies Surround ... a vertically integrated industrial group that specializes in ...
(Date:5/18/2016)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... May 18, 2016 , ... ... awarded the Luis Villalobos Award to Cognition Therapeutics at the annual ACA Summit last ... company that is financed by one of ACA’s member angel groups. It is the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: