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You might think that imaging biomarkers are the holy grail of clinical medicine or that some advocates have overstated their potential. But, despite a conspicuous lack of standards, balkanization of specialty medicine, a faltering economy, and some initial missteps, imaging biomarkers are fundamental to achieving the promise of personalized medicine. The need for imaging biomarkers arises from an aging population, cost concerns, idiosyncratic effects of drugs, and technological opportunities. We could move a lot faster if a few impediments were addressed. Time is not on our side, so action is needed sooner than later.
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