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Scanning Children’s Livers – Novel Non-Radioactive Approach

A team of healthcare specialists from London is currently evaluating a novel means of detecting liver tumor in children. While conventional computed tomography (CT) does suffice for tumor detection in terms of accuracy, it does not provide the necessary level of safety. After all, it does rely on radiation. The breakthrough detection device makes use of ultrasound. Unlike conventional ultrasound machines though, it is capable of differentiating between benign and malignant growths.

A Rare Condition

Liver cancer is rarer than most diseases. Aside from being rare though, it is rather difficult to detect. Around 90 percent of those suffering from liver cancer only became aware of their condition when it was already at an advanced stage. As to be expected, almost any form of late-stage cancer is virtually impossible to cure. Given such details regarding the health concern, it is easy to understand why early detection truly matters.

For adults, undergoing a CT scan for precautionary purposes is not deemed harmful, as long as it is not done too frequently. On the other hand, checking whether a child has tumors using CT is a riskier endeavor. Very young individuals are expected to live longer than their adult counterparts. In other words, the former could absorb even more radiation in their lives than the latter.

Need to Advance

All in all, considering the need for both early cancer detection and radiation-harm prevention, developing a safe and accurate diagnostic device for children is necessary.

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