The study, conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, included 156 patients with proven renal cell cancer. Clear cell renal carcinoma contains microscopic areas of fat, which is not seen on conventional imaging, said Dr. Azadeh Elmi, lead author of the study.
"As we are moving toward less invasive treatment strategies for cancer patients, the need to better distinguish tumor characteristics is becoming greater. This study demonstrates that chemical shift MRI is a promising tool in renal cell cancer characterization before planning treatment. The surgeons can get better insight of the tumor biology and can plan before hand," Dr. Elmi said.
The study will be presented April 19 during the ARRS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
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