A new technology has been announced that potentially could make it easier and faster to diagnose mesothelioma. Michael Harbut, M.D., co-director of the National Center for Vermiculite and Asbestos-Related Cancers (NCVAC) announced that radiographic approaches to diagnose can aid in the detection of mesothelioma.
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, said Harbut.
There are several benefits to this new diagnostic approach. The primary benefit of this approach is the possibility of earlier detection of mesothelioma, thus allowing earlier and better treatment. Secondly, it could provide better differentiation between patients with scarring on the lungs and other diseases. Thirdly, it can provide assistance in determining why some people who have thickening on the covering of the lungs have extreme amounts of pain. Finally, this approach could potentially increase success in the overall diagnosis and treatment of asbestos-related diseases.
Dr. Endress, creator of the radiographic approach, said, It’s my sincere hope that with this new approach and enhanced technology we will help reduce the death rate caused by asbestos-related diseases, reduce the suffering by patients and their loved ones, and make a significant contribution to medicine.