Monday, January 7, 2008

New Technology may help predict mucositis during cancer treatment

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have developed an infrared camera that can detect temperature changes as small at 1/20th of a degree celsius. It seems that tumors are warmer than the surrounding tissues, although not always.

Reasearch has determined that after an initial round of radiation therapy, some patients exhibit increased temperature of the tumor *and* surrounding tissues. These people are the ones at greatest risk of developing painful and debilitating mucositis.

The new camera can sense these temperature changes after just one radiology treatment and can be an indicator of the need for doctors to change their protocol.

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