sewdish researchers have developed a new magnetic imaging technique that utilises sugar to assess the malignancy of tumours in cancer patients.
The new imaging technique has been combined with the testing of natural sugar as a replacement for metal in contrast agents.
The results showed that malignant tumours (cancer cells) show higher sugar consumption than surrounding tissue.
“If sugar replaces metal as a contrast agent in the body, it can also have a positive psychological effect and make patients calmer,” said Linda Knutsson, lecturer at the Lund University in Sweden.
Further, sugar-based contrast agents are cheaper than metal-based agents, leading to a reduction in medical care costs.