[Comment] Improving the view: the need for global action on universal access to cancer imaging

Cancer imaging is vital for early and accurate diagnosis, for tumour staging, for treatment planning and targeting, for monitoring treatment responses, and for assessing post-treatment relapse. The modality is also becoming a treatment in its own right, with innovative advances in theranostics. Yet, despite these essential roles in the cancer care continuum, imaging is often overlooked in the clamour for new—more immediately monetisable—treatments. The high upfront capital investment, coupled with the need for highly trained personnel, specialised infrastructure, and long-term maintenance costs, can create barriers limiting adoption of cancer imaging in many health settings, but this is a short-sighted view.

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