ASTRO Presentation on the Development of New MRI Technology

In mid-October, Dr. Hyunsuk Shim and Dr. Hui-Kuo Shu attended the annual meeting for the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in San Antonio, TX. ASTRO’s annual meeting is the most well-regarded radiation oncology event in the world, drawing in over 11,000 attendees. As our radiation oncologist, Dr. Shu presented our research on the development of a high-resolution, three-dimensional, whole-brain spectroscopic MRI and demonstrated its utility by histological correlation as well as predicting amazing recurrence patterns. The current technology used by most MRIs is limited in its ability to report the whole tumor. By comparing tumor recurrence patterns and histological correlation analysis, our prototypal MRI would be able to image the high risk area of brain tumor recurrence. Such images are necessary in order for oncologists to either predict recurrence or to detect it in its early stages, and then plan radiation therapy accordingly.


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