SBP Researchers Develop Imaging Method That Improves Tumor Visualization

SBP Researchers Develop Imaging Method That Improves Tumor Visualization
Researchers at the Sanford Burham Prebys (SBP) Medical Discovery Institute have developed a new imaging system that can improve by five times the visualization of tumors compared to standard imaging methods. The study, “In vivo cation exchange in quantum dots for tumor-specific imaging,” featured in the journal Nature Communications, shows that the novel proof-of-concept imaging system can make tumors generate bright signals by delivering what the researchers called "quantum dots" to malignant cells. "Tumor imaging is an integral part of cancer detection, treatment and tracking the progress of patients after treatment," Kazuki Sugahara, MD and PhD, adjunct assistant professor at SBP, adjunct associate research scientist at Columbia University and senior author of the study, said in a news release. "Although significant progress has been made in the last two decades, better and more sensitive detection, such as the method we are developing, will contribute to more personalized and potentially more effective interventions to improve the clinical outcomes of cancer patients," said Sugahara, who is also an adjunct associate research scientist at Columbia University. The new method uses nontoxic particles, quantum dots or QDs, which emit intense fluorescent signals when exposed to light. The particles are linked to small peptides that recognize malignant cells, and injected into the bloodstream. Then, QDs that did not enter cancer cells are made invisible by an injectable
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  1. Leandro Simosa says:

    I have seen and read a lot about different breakthroughs yet I have not read about any new treatment..  I am really glad I don’t have prostate cancer but I had to deal with strong prostate symptoms that made me think I have it, after I got checked I was diagnosed with bph and got a treatment that helped me to get over it, the only “med” I take is a supplement named alpharise and it is very effective, what i like the most about it is that it has no side effects..the rest of my treatment is based on having a healthy alimentation and lifestyle. 

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