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New Combined-Tool Imaging May Spot Hard To Detect Ovarian Cancer

Using only minimally invasive surgery, a device that combines three previously unrelated imaging tools may help diagnose hard to detect early-stage ovarian cancer in high-risk women, thanks to the efforts of researchers from the University of Connecticut and the University of Southern California in the US. The researchers, who propose the new approach may be better than the current standard method of preemptively removing the ovaries, write about how they tested their device in the September issue of Biomedical Optics Express, the Optical Society of America’s (OSA) open-access journal.

The survival rates for ovarian cancer are low because the disease is hard to detect, hence its reputation as the “silent killer”. The authors write that the disease “is predominantly diagnosed in Stages III or IV due to the lack of reliable symptoms, as well as the lack of efficacious screening techniques”.

Now, by combining multiple imaging tools, the researchers think they have come up with a new way of spotting much earlier the changes in ovarian tissue that indicate cancer.

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