Researchers at the Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging have developed a new method of looking at lung structure that involves using harmless gases like helium. Doctors can use an image scanner to study where the activated helium goes within the lungs when the patient breathes it in.
The method is already in use at the UVA Children’s Hospital for asthma research in children as young as two years old. UVA is one of the only medical centers in the world using the activated helium technique for asthma imaging.
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