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MRI Technology Can Detect Cancer!

mri technology can detect cancer!The medical community is constantly making way for newer and better ways to assist doctors as well as patients. So, we have great news for you! There is a new technique in magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) that scan the patient’s entire body, which means doctors can now see where the patient’s bones may be affected by cancer. Not only can they scan for cancer, but they can even document the spread of the cancer and if the cancer is responsive to treatment. It sounds like magic to me!

MRI technology can detect cancerBecause of this new technique, we can start to decrease our bone marrow biopsies in patients with myeloma (cancer in the blood cells in bone marrow), which is a painful test that doesn’t always yield the extensive results we need. Sure, a biopsy can show cancer or not, but it can’t always measure precisely how it has spread, so patients will often need to undergo multiple painful biopsies to determine the severity of their cancer.

The research for the full-body MRI scans was funded by the Institute of Cancer Research and Cancer Research UK.

“The research found that the new MRI scan was more accurate in documenting the spread of myeloma – and whether the patient was responding or not to treatment – than existing test. And not only is the new scan more accurate than conventional tests such as biopsies or blood tests, but also it is faster – with doctors being able to view the results immediately.”

The research had 86% of cases where the doctor could use the scans to correctly identify the patients that had responded to treatment and 80% of cases where patients did not respond to treatment.

96% of cases allowed doctors to correctly gauge any water restriction in the tissue based on scans.

“With the new scan, doctors are able to detect cancer in almost any bone in the body, with the exception of the skull. The skull is a difficult area of the body to visualize in MRI scans, often due to metal dental implants and fillings.”

They’re research continues as they look for more subjects in their study to refine the details, but they hope to see this tool extend the life of myeloma patients. If you’re currently needing an MRI or have any questions about what our offered services are, contact us at Open MRI of Pueblo. We would love to hear from you!

You can read the details of the study here.

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New Study: Can Exercise Cure Cancer?

 

We’ve all heard that exercise is good for our health and well being—stress relief, weight loss, dopamine induced waves of happiness, etc. But, what if exercise could be a major treatment to cancer? We’re serious. This isn’t a gimmick to try and trick you into exercising. According to Medical News Today, a new study revealed that exercise can actually reduce the growth and size of a tumor.

 

Scientists noticed that mice that spent their free times running on a wheel demonstrated a 50% reduction in tumor growth and size. They had previous knowledge that exercise improves functionality and outcomes in cancerous patients, but this observation spurred a study that would specifically hone in on the adrenaline rush experience by high intensity work-outs.

 

Senior study author Pernille Hojman, of the University of Copenhagen, and her colleagues decided to inject tumorous mice with adrenaline to replicate exercise’s effects on these mice. They noticed that their natural killer immune cells, which regulate tumor size, began to infiltrate the bloodstream which eventually leads to the tumor. So, exercise releases adrenaline which allows NK immune cells to float freely in the bloodstream and make contact with the tumor.

 

This isn’t just a freak incidence. In order to verify this finding they decided to have mice that didn’t produce NK cells work out at the same level of intensity. As it turns out, the tumor was unaffected and kept growing. The adrenaline induced NK cell was the cause of the tumor’s reduction in size.

 

Can you believe that exercise can actually reduce the size of a tumor? How inexpensive and amazing is that? The study is just the beginning and researchers have more work to do in order to figure out more specifics and ensure that humans will respond the same way that the mice responded, but this is an incredible finding. You can read more about the study here.