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Hidden info in PET scan images aids cancer treatment

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Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Information that is hidden in imaging tests has the potential to help physicians choose the right radiation therapy dose to kill tumors, according to a study presented at the annual American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

It’s currently the largest study that uses radiomics — extracting statistical information from images — to assist in determining the likelihood of cancer progression or its response to treatment based on PET scans of patients with non-small-cell lung cancer and head and neck cancer.

For the study, the researchers conducted PET scans on 163 non-small-cell lung cancer patients and 174 head and neck cancer patients before and after treatment. From each tumor, they got information about the intensity value of the PET image, the roughness of the image, the shape of the tumor, etc.

This information will reveal the secrets of PET images that can help doctors and patients for a safe cancer treatment. Read more: http://bit.ly/X5a7X6

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