Technology developed to improve lung cancer detection, treatment

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Researchers from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine have developed a technology that improves the detection of tumors during radiation therapy for early-stage lung cancer.

John Roeske, PhD, and colleagues presented how they developed and evaluated the technology at the recent annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.

Their approach uses dual-energy imaging combined with fluoroscopy to view tumors during radiation therapy. This technology does not require an X-ray that produces both high-and low-energy images. Existing hardware can be used to eliminate visuals of the ribs and other bones making it easier to see the tumor.

“This technology does not require that hospitals replace their standard X-ray machines since the dual-energy images are created using a software approach,” Roeske said. “The hybrid technique removes present obstacles making this a great benefit to clinicians and patients.”

Source by : Science Daily News

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