MRI scanners can steer tumor busting viruses to specific target sites within the body

MRI scanners can steer tumor busting viruses to specific target sites within the body

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners have been used since the 1980s to take detailed images inside the body - helping doctors to make a medical diagnosis and investigate the staging of a disease.

The new research suggests MRI scanners are the key to administering treatments directly to both primary and secondary tumors wherever they are located in the body.

The study, published in Nature Communications shows that cancer mouse models injected with macrophages carrying super-paramagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and armed with the cancer killing oncolytic virus (OV) which infects and kills cancer cells, showed an 800 per cent increase in the effects of the therapy.

"The beauty of using the MRI scanner to administer the therapy is that you can also use it for its original purpose providing a real-time image-guide to ensure the treatment has gone where it is needed" author said.

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