Diffusion Whole Body (DWB) is a cutting-edge, non-invasive examination that uses latest generation magnetic resonance imaging equipment to produce detailed, panoramic, three-dimensional images of the entire human body, thus facilitating the identification even of small tumours (3-4 millimetres), without the use of radiation or contrast agent.
DWB provides high-resolution images sensitive to the microscopic diffusion of water molecules, in which hypercellular tissues (typical of tumours) are much brighter than the surrounding tissues. The acquired images are processed on a dedicated computer to generate three-dimensional, multi-planar reconstructions of the entire human body that permit specialized radiologists to identify even small tumours.
Thanks to the Diffusion Whole Body examination, it is possible to diagnose asymptomatic tumours, including those that are not usually the target of conventional screening programmes.
More advanced than a traditional magnetic resonance (MR) examination, DWB is the product of years of research that have seen it established as a leading diagnostic technique in cancer patients; but it is performed only in highly specialized centres because it requires an expensive, sophisticated MR scanner, and a team of specialized radiologists with the experience essential for the interpretation of the images.
DWB has been performed at the European Institute of Oncology (IEO) in Milan since 2009, where it is used primarily for research and for cancer patients. With time, the enormous potential of DWB for preventing tumours in healthy individuals has become clear through its ability to depict small lesions, its non-invasive nature and safety.
Currently, DWB is used to prevent tumours in healthy individuals only in a few pioneering centres worldwide.
DWB does not substitute for public health screening programs. Those who want to do more for their health than follow standard screening can now undergo a Diffusion Whole Body examination.
DWB does not replace screening offered by public health services. Today, those who want to do more for their health than standard screening, can undergo a Diffusion Whole Body examination.
- A non-invasive examination of the entire human body, without using radiation and without contrast agent.
- Performed using latest generation MRI equipment
- A fast examination (about 30 minutes), without discomfort or pain
- Provides highly accurate diagnosis, thanks to multi-planar and three-dimensional morphological and functional images
- Able to detect tumours as small as 3-4 millimetres in diameter.
- Repeated yearly, provides continued confidence in cancer prevention