Fresh evidence shows that whole-body MRI may be quicker and cheaper than standard imaging for detecting the spread of colorectal and non-small cell lung cancers, while being just as sensitive.
MRI scans reduced the average time to determine the size of tumours and how much they had spread by five days for colorectal cancer patients and six days for lung cancer patients. The treatments decided upon were similar because results from MRI were as accurate as those from standard investigations, but the costs per patient were reduced by nearly a quarter in the case of colorectal cancer and were almost halved for lung cancer.
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