A new tool can reportedly aid in detection of diseases related to asbestos at earlier stages.

MesotheliomaCancerNews.com  A new radiographic tool is shown to be promising for the detection of diseases related to asbestos. As reported by the Karmanos Cancer Institute on PR Newswire, the announcement of a new approach using Vitrea? imaging software in conjunction with a high resolution CT scan, was made on Saturday at an annual conference hosted by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.

Michael Harbut, M.D., who co-directs the National Center for Vermiculite and Asbestos-Related Cancers (NCVAC), is quoted as stating of the technology, “Radiographic approaches developed by Carmen Endress, M.D., FACR, Associate Professor of Radiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine and radiologist at the NCVAC, allow us to visualize lesions caused by asbestos exposure in three dimensional detail and often at a much earlier stage than that of the current standard radiographic techniques.”

Harbut is further quoted as stating of it’s benefits, “The benefits of this new approach include the possibility of earlier detection; better differentiation between patients with scarring on the lungs and other diseases; assistance in determining why some people who have thickening on the covering of the lungs have uncontrolled, unrelenting pain; and potentially increased success in the overall diagnosis and treatment of asbestos-related disease… If we can identify the ‘sentinel’ or first cases of asbestosis or lung cancer at an early stage, then we can help identify asbestos exposures in places where it might not have previously been suspected. Such identification of early detection could help to reduce the death rate from asbestos-related diseases.”

More information may be available at http://www.karmanos.org.

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