Researchers Discover Imaging Analysis Helps Predict Patient Outcomes

by: cancercompass

A new imaging analysis method will make it easier to monitor tumor blood volume over time, reports the University of Michigan in a recent press release announcing the development of a parametric response map.

The parametric response map was used to measure blood volume and flow in 44 patients with high-grade glioma.

According to U-M researchers, standard magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocol was used to "monitor changes over time in tumor blood volume within individual voxels of the image, rather than a composite view of average change within the tumor."

This allowed researchers a better view of specific areas with blood flow changes, which helped researchers predict patient outcomes.

U-M researchers believe this technique could be useful with other imaging methods, such as PET and CT scans.