Members of Congress to have their heads examined by mobile MRI

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The Brain Tumor Foundation has launched Road to Early Detection, a national campaign promoting early detection of brain tumors through the use of a mobile MRI unit, which will be kicked off  for U.S. legislators in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 5.

Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., who helped bring the Mobile MRI Unit to Washington D.C., and Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., join Patrick J. Kelly, MD, president and founder of the Brain Tumor Foundation, will highlight the importance of early detection and in recognition of Brain Tumor Awareness Month.

Free MRI brain scans will be offered to members of Congress, Senate and their staff as well as government agency officials, starting today.

The foundation said that more than half of all brain tumor patients could have their tumors successfully removed if detected early, before physical symptoms become apparent. The only way to detect a tumor early is through the use of MRI brain scans. By providing the means to find and subsequently treat brain tumors early in their development, thousands of lives may be saved, according to the organization.