A tumour's properties can be examined by injecting a small amount of sugar into it, and then measuring how much sugar the tumour consumes. The more sugar the tumour consumes, the more malignant it is.

The research has resulted in the new imaging technique being combined with the testing of natural sugar as a replacement for metal in contrast agents.
It is the first time a non-synthetic contrast agent has been used in human magnetic resonance tomography examinations, and the results are promising, researchers said.
The uptake of sugar is higher in the tumour than in healthy tissue according to the results of tests carried out by researchers.
The tests were carried out on three persons with a brain tumour and four healthy persons.


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