Cerenkov light may one day be used by doctors to detect cancer.
|Cerenkov light emits a blue glow when high-speed particles travel faster than light through a material. According to new research, light can be used to image a variety of cancers.
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CLI images are not as precise as PET/CT scan images. According to study coauthor Edwin Pratt, also of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, CLI could be used as an initial diagnostic test or to assess the general size of a tumor undergoing treatment. “It would be a quick and easy way to see if there’s anything out of the ordinary… [that warrants] further investigation,” Pratt says.