Karen Belkic, MD, PhD
Optimized Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy for Early Ovarian Cancer Detection
When diagnosed early, ovarian cancer has an excellent prognosis, but current imaging methods for detecting ovarian cancer have not yet yielded the hoped-for benefit. Standard clinical magnetic resonance scanners produce images of poor quality, with low resolution and limited information content. However, magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) could potentially reveal metabolic features of ovarian cancer that would reliably distinguish ovarian cancer from benign ovarian lesions. Dr. Belkic will be optimizing MRS for ovarian cancer detection using her advanced signal processing method, the fast Padé transform (FPT), which has already been shown to dramatically improve resolution and generate high-quality MRS data to detect ovarian cancer.