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MRI in predicting curative resection of rectal cancer: Defining a “window of opportunity” for laparoscopic surgery

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:808
  1. Bruce F Sizer, consultant in clinical oncology (,
  2. Tan Arulampalam, consultant surgeon,
  3. Ralph Austin, consultant surgeon,
  4. Nicola Lacey, consultant radiologist,
  5. Don Menzies, consultant surgeon,
  6. Roger Motson, consultant surgeon
  1. Essex County Hospital, Colchester CO3 3NB
  2. Colchester General Hospital, Colchester CO4 5JL

    EDITOR—The MERCURY Study Group provides clear evidence that preoperative magnetic resonance imaging can accurately predict surgical resection margins,1 and its work in particular, has already led to a paradigm shift in the preoperative investigation and treatment of rectal cancer, at least in the United Kingdom.

    This is at least implicitly acknowledged in that both previous letters focus on magnetic resonance imaging in …

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