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Medical News and Perspectives
November 17, 2004

New Imaging Approaches Unveiled

JAMA. 2004;292(19):2328. doi:10.1001/jama.292.19.2328

While magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been used since the mid-1980s to detect anatomical changes caused by disease, the technique has lacked the ability to detect the earliest molecular hallmarks of illness—alterations in the biochemical processes that are at the heart of cell function.

But advances in MRI technology may someday remove this limitation, according to researchers studying new, highly sensitive MRI devices to look at the metabolic intricacies of normal and disease states. Their hope, they say, is that such advances will improve diagnoses and allow physicians to monitor response to therapies.

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