Philips, Elekta team to combine radiation therapy and MRI technology; Women in disadvantaged areas less likely to live near facilities that offer mammograms;

> Philips and Elekta are expanding a joint project to increase the accuracy of cancer treatment with an imaging-treatment platform that combines radiation therapy and MRI technology in a single system. The program will include a research consortium of leading radiation oncology centers and clinics. The goal of the project is to develop an MRI-guided radiation therapy system that will allow physicians to achieve soft tissue imaging during radiation therapy, which should result in more precise cancer treatments. Announcement

> Women from socioeconomically disadvantaged areas of Chicago are less likely than their more affluent counterparts to live near a facility that offers mammography, according to a study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research's recent conference in San Diego. According to researchers, this could help account for the association between disadvantaged areas and late-stage cancer diagnosis. Announcement

> The Israeli medical device firm Insightec has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expanded the indications for its MRI-guided focused ultrasound system so that it can be used to relieve pain from cancer that has metastasized to the bone. The system, called ExAblate, can be used for patients who didn't respond to or aren't good candidates for radiation therapy. Article

And Finally... I doubt this would work on any of my bills. Article

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