Saturday, December 16, 2006

New breast cancer scanner approved

A promising new breast scanning technology with none of the radiation dangers associated with mammograms has been approved for sale by Health Canada. Known as SoftScan, the device uses infrared lasers to detect and monitor malignancies, even in dense breast tissue that mammography can fail to penetrate. The new machine will not replace mammograms, which will continue to be the standard tool for pinpointing breast cancers for the foreseeable future, said Dr. Nathalie Duchesne, a professor of radiology at Quebec City's Laval University. "There are no side effects to this technology," said Duchesne, who has worked in clinical trials with SoftScan for nearly a decade and is a paid consultant for Advanced Research Technologies Inc., which makes the machines. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

New Ultrasound Technique Accurately Distinguishes Benign From Malignant Breast Lesions

A new ultrasound technique allows radiologists to accurately distinguish benign from malignant breast lesions. Using elasticity imaging, researchers correctly identified both cancerous and harmless lesions in nearly all of the cases studied. The findings were presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). "In our work, elasticity imaging has been found to have high specificity," said Richard G. Barr, M.D., Ph.D., professor of radiology at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and radiologist at Southwoods X-Ray and MRI in Youngstown. "If our results can be reproduced in a large, multicenter trial, this technique could significantly reduce the number of breast biopsies required." --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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