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    Editor, BU Today

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    John O’Rourke began his career as a reporter at The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. He has worked as a producer at World Monitor, a coproduction of the Christian Science Monitor and the Discovery Channel, and NBC News, where he was a producer for several shows, including Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie CouricNBC Nightly News, and The Today Show. John has won many awards, including four Emmys, a George Foster Peabody Award, and five Edward R. Murrow Awards. Profile

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    Staff photojournalist

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    Jackie Ricciardi is a staff photojournalist at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. She has worked as a staff photographer at newspapers that include the Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Ga., and at Seacoast Media Group in Portsmouth, N.H., where she was twice named New Hampshire Press Photographer of the Year. Profile

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There is 1 comment on Patient Navigators Improve Delivery of Care for Breast Cancer Patients

  1. Cancer (malignant neoplasm) is a medical condition caused by uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in the human body. Cancer can affect any part of the body (except the hair, nails and teeth). Early diagnosis is the key to successful treatment of this medical condition.

    Here is a brief overview of some new methods used to diagnose cancer.

    Nonlinear interferometric vibrational imaging (NIVI)

    NIVI is an imaging technique that was developed by research scientists at Illinois. The medical condition can be diagnosed in five minutes (with 99 percent accuracy) using this method. This non-invasive diagnostic technique hones in on cancer cells using laser light.

    Digital mammography

    Full-field digital mammography optimizes the lesion-background contrast and gives better sensitivity. This method makes it possible to see through the dense breast tissues by altering computer windows. It also reduces the need for repeat imaging. This technique is especially useful in diagnosing breast cancer in young women with dense breasts.

    Use of nanoparticles to detect breast cancer cells

    A team of scientists led by Edward Flynn is working with nanoparticles to detect breast cancer cells. Edward Flynn is a retired fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The technique involves attaching nanoparticles of iron oxide to certain antibodies. These antibodies are then administered to the patient by injection.

    If the tumor is present, the antibodies bind to the HER-2 receptors of breast cancer cells. The patient is surrounded by a sensitive magnetic coil, thereby generating a magnetic field. Due to the effect of the field, all the metal nanoparticles align in one direction. When the field is broken, these nanoparticles emit an electromagnetic signal. The diagnostician can identify the number of cancer cells and their location by measuring the strength of the signal.

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