Scientists detect early-stage cancer using MRI scans to analyze sugar molecule biomarkers

March 30, 2015 12:40 PM

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An article published in the journal Nature Communications by scientists from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, suggests that early stage cancer can be detected by magnetic resonance imaging techniques which scan for sugar molecule biomarkers in the body cells.

Exploring the interactions that exist between cell glucose and surrounding water molecules, scientists were able to employ MRI imaging to detect early cancers that might not otherwise be picked by other methods. However, using this method earlier required that doctors used injectable dyes to highlig...

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