Ultrasound innovation could replace invasive biopsies
Date: December 14, 2016
Source: University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
A study describes the use of focused ultrasound along with particles called nanodroplets for the enhanced detection of cancer biomarkers in the blood. The researchers used the technique on tumors to cause extracellular vesicles to be released into the bloodstream, giving them large amounts of genetic material to analyze from drawing just a small sample of blood. They believe it could be an alternative to a biopsy for cancer diagnostics.