Radiomics: The Digital Biopsy

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JUST A FEW YEARS AGO, the data required for an informed prognosis, to distinguish benign from malignant, to guide treatment decisions required a biopsy — taking a sample of cells, usually through a minor surgical procedure. The risk of such surgery is low, but not trivial, including because the procedure may spread cancerous cells elsewhere in the body. Now, however, researchers in the Brown School of Public Health together with collaborators across the University and around the country, have developed a new, non-invasive approach to assessing and forecasting a range of diseases, using digital imaging instead of a scalpel.

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