Cancer imaging articles from across Nature Portfolio

Cancer imaging is an umbrella term that covers the many approaches used to research and diagnose cancer. Originally used to diagnose and stage the disease, cancer imaging is now also used to assist with surgery and radiotherapy, to look for early responses to cancer therapies and to identify patients who are not responding to treatment.

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    Early detection of immunotherapy-induced tumor response is of major benefit for patients but can be complicated by therapy-induced pseudoprogression. A consensus guideline-iRECIST- was developed as a modification of Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumours (RECIST version 1.1). Here we describe which next steps are required to test its validity and how novel approaches for response criteria might be developed and included.

    • Elena Garralda
    • , Scott A. Laurie
    •  & Elisabeth G. E. de Vries
  • News & Views |

    Integration of single-cell molecular profiling with cellular spatial localization has remained an elusive goal. Image-seq leverages high-resolution microscopy to spatially resolve and isolate viable bone marrow and leukemia cells for subsequent state-of-the art, single-cell transcriptomics.

    • John P. Chute
    •  & Joshua P. Sasine
    Nature Methods 20, 639-640
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    In this Tools of the Trade article, Lee describes Select-seq, a novel method for generating epitranscriptomic data from microniches within the tumour. The author reveals how the method can be used to identify novel biomarkers from rare cell subpopulations such as cancer stem cells in tumours.

    • Amos Chungwon Lee
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    By screening natural prokaryotic gas vesicle gene clusters, we found and engineered new acoustic reporter genes (ARGs) that give bacteria and mammalian cells brighter ultrasound contrast for real-time noninvasive imaging. Expressing these ARGs in engineered cells enabled us to image tumor-homing bacteria and perform genetically guided tumor biopsies in vivo.