Neutron imaging breast cancer

Posted By News On February 4, 2013 - 7:30pm

More precise optical imaging is vital for better diagnosis of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women annually in the United States alone.

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee are using the neutron imaging beam line at ORNL's High Flux Isotope Reactor to evaluate neutron imaging as a powerful new tool for early detection. The study, led by Dr. Maria Cekanova of UT, working with imaging instrument scientist Hassina Bilheux, is using tissue from dogs treated at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine.

Canine cancers have a similar composition to human cancers, and researchers noted that no animals were hurt or euthanized for this study.

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