New scanning technique could be pivotal for lung disease
A new scanning technique could help provide new forms of treatment for patients with lung disease, an Australian study has found.
The new technology, developed at Monash University by Professor Andreas Fouras, uses a four-dimensional lung scanning platform to give researchers new insights into treatment, through a detailed breathing model of the lungs.
Dr Rajeev Samarage, joint lead author of the study, claims the technology could help millions of people across the world.
The technique aims to give doctors a clearer image of what is happening in the lungs, and to help them detect changes in lung function earlier than is currently possible.
This would allow doctors to be able to compare the effects of treatment from one scan to the next.
The four-dimensional, pre-clinical scanner generates high-resolution images of lung tissue motion and airflow throughout the lungs.
This lets investigators measure any abnormal function in certain areas of the lung, before a disease progresses and spreads.
Professor Fouras says the technique shows not just what lungs look like but how they work.
New way of thinking
Professor Greg Snell, Head of Lung Transplant Service at the Alfred Hospital in Australia, claims this could be the start of a new way of thinking about diagnostic imaging.
Cystic Fibrosis Victoria CEO Karin Knoester welcomes any tool that can identify lung damage at an early stage so it can inform any interventions and reduce further damage.
The study was published in the international journal Scientific Reports.