New Screening Tech Spots Breast Cancer Early

MOUNT CLEMENS (WWJ) – A Metro Detroit hospital is the first in the area applying a new kind of technology for breast cancer screening.

In the past, radiologists have relied on standard two-dimensional imaging to diagnose breast cancer.

But now, WWJ Health Reporter Sean Lee reports doctors at McLaren Macomb have a new tool that takes screening into the next dimension.

It’s called Tomo-synthesis screening, and it creates a slice-by-slice image to give radiologists a 3-D look at breast tissue.

Pat Keigher, director of McLaren Macomb’s Breast Center, says the new technology can help spot problems even earlier.

“What we’re hearing from the centers that have adopted this technology is that they’re seeing 30 percent earlier cancers,” said Keigher. “So the earlier we find the cancer, the more treatment options are going to be available to the patient, and their chance of a five-year survival rate is up to 98 percent.”

Keigher says the new screening tool is meant to compliment, not to replace traditional mammography.

Learn more about it at this link.

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