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Scientists Develop Free Computer Program to Map Blood Flow 'Landscape' in Tumors


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Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have developed a computer program that lets scientists use imaging data to measure structural and functional abnormalities in the blood flow networks feeding tumors.

Credit: Arvind Pathak

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Johns Hopkins Medicine) researchers have developed a computer program that lets scientists measure structural and functional abnormalities in the blood flow networks feeding tumors, based on imaging data.

Johns Hopkins Medicine's Janaka Senarathna suggested the HemoSYS toolkit, which the researchers are allowing scientists to use without cost, could accelerate new therapies that target blood vessels feeding tumors to restrict the flow of nutrients and oxygen, and could lead to more effective delivery of already available medications by mapping the blood flow "landscape."

Johns Hopkins Medicine's Arvind Pathak said, "We hope that this tool can be adapted to provide a noninvasive way to analyze the blood flow fluctuations in an individual patient's cancer and help to customize their therapy."

From Johns Hopkins Medicine Newsroom
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