Among malignant peritoneal mesothelioma cases, the incidences of multiple tumor masses, intestinal wall thickening and pleural plaque were significantly higher...
Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) March 21, 2016
Scientists in Japan have released new findings illustrating how CT imaging can help in the differential diagnosis of malignant peritoneal mesothelioma, a deadly abdominal cancer linked to asbestos. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted details of the research in a new article. Click here to read it now.
Physicians, pathologists and a radiologist at Okayama University Hospital examined the CT images of 43 patients who had died of peritoneal mesothelioma and compared them with the images of those who had died of other cancers.
“Among malignant peritoneal mesothelioma cases, the incidences of multiple tumor masses, intestinal wall thickening and pleural plaque were significantly higher than non-MPM cases,” writes radiologist Dr. K. Kato, lead author on the report.
The team found that all of the mesothelioma cases scored a four or higher on the MPM-CT Index, making it a potentially useful way to help diagnosis the disease.
“Mesothelioma diagnosis is always a challenge, but it is critical step to maximize the odds of survival,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “If the MPM-CT Index makes diagnosis easier and more accurate, it could be a lifesaver for mesothelioma patients around the world.”
Details of the Japanese stud, the peritoneal mesothelioma CT Index, and how it could apply to patients and families, see Mesothelioma Diagnosis: CT Index May Make it Easier, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.
Kato, K, et al, “Computed Tomographic Features of Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma”, March 2016, Anticancer Research, pp. 1067-72, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26976999
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