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British test new scanning technique for iron overload


British test new scanning technique for iron overload

Sufferers of one of the world’s most common genetic disorders can have their risk of dying reduced dramatically with the use of a scanning technique developed by British scientists.

Seventy per cent of patients with thalassaemia, a blood disease involving defects in haemoglobin production that causes anaemia, currently die of heart failure.

Researchers at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Imperial College London have made a breakthrough in the monitoring of the disorder. A study of the scanning advance, which allows the identification of patients at risk of imminent heart failure, has been shown to cut mortality rates by 71 per cent...read more