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International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health Features Discovery of Asbestos-Related Pain Origin from Scientists at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit
Date:7/19/2009

DETROIT, July 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute's National Center for Vermiculite and Asbestos-Related Cancers (NCVAC) have discovered a probable reason for the unrelenting chest pain experienced in certain patients with asbestos-related diseases and cancers. The findings, featured in the July 20, 2009 edition of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, were published in an academic peer-reviewed manuscript by principal author Michael Harbut, M.D., MPH, co-director of the NCVAC and chief of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, affiliated with Wayne State University.

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Harbut reported the findings after studying a patient who was exposed to taconite dust as a child.

Using a new radiography approach developed by Carmen Endress, M.D., FACR, associate professor of Radiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine and radiologist at the NCVAC, there was a documented increase in pleural plaques, causing erosion on the interior wall of the ribs.

"This action of the pleural plaque against the covering of the bone and the bone itself is a biologically plausible and an anatomically logical explanation of the unrelenting pain which some patients experience," said Dr. Harbut.

This new imaging approach involves enhancing images obtained on the 64-slice high resolution CT scan using the Vitrea(R) imaging software program by Vital Images. By using this imaging approach, Dr. Harbut was able to demonstrate that:

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