Imaging and cancer: A review

Leonard Fassa


Multiple biomedical imaging techniques are used in all phases of cancer management. Imagingforms an essential part of cancer clinical protocols and is able to furnish morphological,structural, metabolic and functional information. Integration with other diagnostictools such as in vitro tissue and fluids analysis assists in clinical decision-making. Hybridimaging techniques are able to supply complementary information for improved stagingand therapy planning. Image guided and targeted minimally invasive therapy has thepromise to improve outcome and reduce collateral effects. Early detection of cancerthrough screening based on imaging is probably the major contributor to a reduction inmortality for certain cancers. Targeted imaging of receptors, gene therapy expressionand cancer stem cells are research activities that will translate into clinical use in thenext decade. Technological developments will increase imaging speed to match that ofphysiological processes. Targeted imaging and therapeutic agents will be developed intandem through close collaboration between academia and biotechnology, informationtechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

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