New Innovations Help Catch Breast Cancer Early

News, Treatment — By on October 31, 2008 at 7:47 am

Although annual mammograms are strongly recommended and are often the best way to detect breast cancer, additional screening methods may sometimes be necessary, especially for women with dense breast tissue, family history or other risk factors.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging: MRI uses magnets and radio waves to produce very detailed, cross-sectional images of the body, and can be used to look specifically at the breast.

Digital Mammography: This is similar to standard mammography, but images of the breast are captured electronically and viewed on a computer screen. The magnification, brightness or contrast can be changed to help the doctor see certain areas more clearly.

Molecular Breast Imaging: MBI begins with an injection of a short-acting, “radioactive tracer” that travels through the body and highlights cancer cells, detected by cameras, that mammograms often miss. 

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