New Technology could Revolutionise Breast Cancer Detection

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The new method involves sending ultrasonic waves through a patients’ breast; these are picked up by an ultramodern sensor, producing maps that identify the amount of ultrasound that gets lost.

This has potential to be a reliable way to determine the makeup of each breast and offer results that can be used in the design of breast ultrasound scanners to enhance image reconstruction.

“The new method involves sending ultrasonic waves through a patients’ breast; these are picked up by an ultramodern sensor, producing maps that identify the amount of ultrasound that gets lost“

Right now the go to method is X-ray mammography, however this has been proven to have problems, especially with young people who have higher breast density, making it harder to spot malignant breast tumours.

The discovery may fulfil a current need for evaluating the characteristics of breast tissue, notably breast density, if it is made into a commercial medical device. The technology is less intrusive, less uncomfortable, and deemed safer than X-ray mammography since it does not expose patients to the dangers of ionising radiation.

Senior Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory, said that “over the last decade, there have been growing calls to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of breast screening programme. The ultrasound technology breakthrough will enable clinicians to better distinguish different soft tissue types through traceable measurement, with non-invasive breast density assessment, breast cancer diagnosis and therapy treatment tracking.”

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