Everyone is hoping for better treatments and some form of screening process in the future but I also want to point out the advances in technology as well. The CT scanner takes xray pictures by doing many horizontal slices through the body, the early models were called 32 slice scanners and many hospitals still use them. As technology got better they are being replaced by 64 slice scanners which double the resolution on the image. Hence why some CT scans cannot detect nodules below 1cm as the nodules can be between slices and therefore missed. This is one of the reasons why the CA125 is important as it can detect an increase in disease which is not detectable on a scan. Clearly the 64 slice machine, the gaps between slices are smaller. The good news is that industry are now introducing 320 slice scanners which are in layman terms high definition which should go a long way to confirming the CA125 results. Lets hope that the NHS funding or charitable donations are sufficient to allow the roll out these super scanners and provide future sufferers a method of early detection to support any increase in the CA125.
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