A team at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston has received a $689,585 grant from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas for the development of a molecular-imaging-guided system that will help in the speedy diagnosis and treatment of small-cell peripheral lung cancer. The researchers first will design a 3-D imaging and navigation system for accurate needle guidance to the small lung nodules of potential patients. Molecular imaging will be used to extract tissue samples for a biopsy. The procedure will allow for on-the-spot radio-frequency ablation treatment upon detection of the cancer.

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