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August 27, 2017 11:12 am

Israeli Team Develops Method to Monitor Tumors Without Radiation

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A view of Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem neighborhood. Photo: Almog via Wikimedia Commons. – Doctors at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center have developed a new method to monitor tumors without injecting patients with radioactive substances or exposing them to ionizing radiation.

The method, detailed in a study published Thursday in the Nature Communications journal, was developed by the director of the Center for Hyperpolarized MRI Molecular Imaging, Rachel Katz-Brull, and her team at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Katz-Brull showed that by using magnetic resonance imaging, the nucleus of a phosphorus atom can alert doctors to suspicious acidity levels in the body, thereby revealing the possible existence of a tumor. The researchers used a special technique that allowed them to more easily identify the nucleus, enabling it to appear to “shine” 10,000 times brighter than normal.

“This diagnostic tool relates to the metabolic activity of the cells in a tumor or other tissue that may be suspicious,” Katz-Brull said. “It may provide a better way to determine whether tumors are malignant or benign, and help test the efficacy of treatment.”

The groundbreaking method makes it possible to avoid a biopsy or other invasive procedures to measure a tissue’s acidity levels, and also to determine whether a tumor is malignant or benign without having the patients undergo unnecessary radiation or be exposed to radioactive materials.

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  • R Remba

    To Bertha Yellowfinch:
    Your nasty response to this article demonstrates your ignorance of the scientific method and how research is published, vertebrae and shared. First, Nature Communications is a prestigious mainstream journal. This means, among other things, that what is published had been vetted by means of peer review. This is a stringent process which ascertains if the research reported (a) was performed in a manner recognized as legitimate by researchers in the field (b) contained no experimental errors that could lead to erroneous conclusions, (c) started conclusions that derive logically from the results presented, and (d) adds to the body of previous work performed in the field. When an article is published, the answer to all of those questions is yes.
    So, now that we’ve got that out of the way, if you had bothered to read the Nature article, you’d have seen that the authors did not claim to have developed the technique of hyperpolarization. They did claim to have been there first to study 31P in an environment similar to that found in the human body and they presented experimental results demonstrating the possibility of the using of hyperpolarized MRI in a clinical setting. This is a very significant result. Too bad you can’t understand that. To bad you are blinded by your Jew hatred.

  • bertha yellowfinch

    israel did NOT develop that technique. It’s been known for decades in the USA. another israeli lie …

    • SaciPerere

      So give us a reference to who developed the technique. When was this discovered “decades ago”?

      • bertha yellowfinch

        SaciPerere, if you are as privy as you want to seem, you wouldn’t have to ask such a stupid question. Israel DID NOT develop that technique.

    • Glen Benjamin

      You are an idiot. Plus Israel almost daily helps improve the human condition. The Muslim world still continuing to destroy the human condition.

      • bertha yellowfinch

        Glen, how old are you?