Monday, July 24, 2006

New techniques support Breast MRIs in detecting and treating breast cancer

Researchers have developed new techniques to aid clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. They have developed a unique software platform for the analysis and display of serial-time MRI, which is showing great promise in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Breast MRI is a relatively new tool used by physicians to diagnose breast cancer as an adjunct to conventional mammography. Breast MRI displays the behavior of a cancerous lesion in three dimensions and approaches a nearly 100 percent accuracy rate in the detection of invasive cancer. In contrast, mammography provides a two-dimensional view of the breast and surrounding tissue and only detects 80 to 85 percent of tumors. One of the main strengths of MRI is its precise delineation of soft tissue and its ability to image the breast in fine sections dynamically by taking multiple MRI images over time. The percentage of medical centers doing breast MRI is small, but growing. According to Dr. Roger Goldwyn, “Our approach is to use innovative image-processing tools to find additional tumors and to help determine patient management outcomes. These techniques have also led to biopsies directed by these image-processing tools, surgical planning modifications, and monitoring effectiveness of chemotherapy.” --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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