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New technology improves detection of breast cancer

Monday 12th December 2011
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    A new weapon in the fight against breast cancer has been developed at the Hospital of Rhode Island.

    The technology known as digital breast tomosynthesis has been installed at the centre and has been highlighted as a key progression in detecting breast cancer earlier than normal.

    Digital breast tomosynthesis captures three-dimensional images of the breasts through standard full-field digital mammography. It gives the clearest image for radiologists and increases the early detection rate for breast cancer by 15 per cent, while also decreasing the chance of false results by 25 per cent.

    Patricia Spencer, MD, chief of the Department of Diagnostic Imaging at Women & Infants, said: "Tomosynthesis gives doctors a clearer view of a woman's breast tissue and significantly helps us screen for and find potential breast cancers. The result is fewer calls to patients for further testing and less overall anxiety for women."

    According to a Cancer Research report, in 2008 it was estimated that 1.38 million women across the world were diagnosed with breast cancer with 12,047 women dying in the same year.

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