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A mammogram is a safe test used to look for any problems with a woman's breasts. The test uses a special, low-dose x-ray machine to take pictures of both breasts. The results are recorded on x-ray film or directly onto a computer for a radiologist to examine.

Mammograms allow the doctor to have a closer look for breast lumps and changes in breast tissue. They can show small lumps or growths that a doctor or woman may not be able to feel when doing a clinical breast exam. "Mammography" is the best screening tool that doctors have for finding breast cancer.

If a lump is found, your doctor may order other tests, such as ultrasound or a biopsy--a test where a small amount of tissue is taken from the lump and area around the lump. The tissue is sent to a lab to look for cancer or changes that may mean cancer is likely to develop. Breast lumps or growths can be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer). Finding breast cancer early means that a woman has a better chance of surviving the disease. There are also more choices for treatment when breast cancer is found early.
Image-guided percutaneous needle biopsies after NST identify breast cancer patients who achieve pCR

Image-guided percutaneous needle biopsies after NST identify breast cancer patients who achieve pCR

In a pilot study conducted at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, image-guided biopsies identified select breast cancer patients who achieved pathologic complete response (pCR) after chemotherapy and/or targeted therapy, neoadjuvant systemic therapy (NST). [More]
Brazil makes progress in reducing gap in health status, but inequalities persist

Brazil makes progress in reducing gap in health status, but inequalities persist

Brazil, through a combination of public policies and its Unified Health System, has significantly improved access to medical care for a wide swath of its population, but more can be done to eradicate health inequalities there, according to a special edition of the International Journal for Equity in Health. [More]
Gamma Medica’s LumaGEM Molecular Breast Imaging system to be installed at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital

Gamma Medica’s LumaGEM Molecular Breast Imaging system to be installed at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital

Gamma Medica, a leader in molecular breast imaging (MBI) technology, today announced that Henry Ford Health System has purchased Gamma Medica’s LumaGEM Molecular Breast Imaging system. [More]
Authors call for international efforts to end preventable deaths from breast, cervical cancer

Authors call for international efforts to end preventable deaths from breast, cervical cancer

​Every year 800000 women die of cervical and breast cancer, but where a woman lives will largely determine her chance of survival. [More]
New digital X-Ray detector uses novel photonics technology to make diagnosis safer for patients, hospital

New digital X-Ray detector uses novel photonics technology to make diagnosis safer for patients, hospital

A European health consortium is developing a set of low radiation, low cost, flat panel X-ray detectors that use novel photonics technology to make diagnosis safer for patients, hospital and dental staff, generating some of the highest resolution images ever seen in rapid moving body functions, such as malicious growths or the beating heart of a baby. [More]
IDoR 2016 spotlights role of radiology in diagnosis and management of breast diseases

IDoR 2016 spotlights role of radiology in diagnosis and management of breast diseases

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, more than 140 medical societies worldwide will mark the International Day of Radiology, celebrating the thousands of lives saved by the many contributions of breast imagers and radiation oncologists. [More]
Studies look at alternative ways to overcome barriers and improve cancer screening rates

Studies look at alternative ways to overcome barriers and improve cancer screening rates

Early diagnosis of cancer is linked to better survival rates. Unfortunately, participation rates for cancer screening worldwide are low even when screening programmes are free. [More]
High breast density makes it hard to detect breast cancer on mammogram

High breast density makes it hard to detect breast cancer on mammogram

Almost 8% of women have extremely high breast density, which can make it harder for health professionals to detect breast cancer on a screening mammogram. These women are also more likely to develop breast cancer in the future. [More]
Genetic testing of mtDNA may reveal unknown ancestry that influences risk for breast cancer

Genetic testing of mtDNA may reveal unknown ancestry that influences risk for breast cancer

Genetic testing of mitochondrial DNA could reveal otherwise unknown ancestry that can influence a person's risk for certain types of breast cancer, a new study finds. [More]
Research consortium to receive 5.1 million euros to develop new device for breast cancer diagnosis

Research consortium to receive 5.1 million euros to develop new device for breast cancer diagnosis

A large European research consortium headed by the University of Twente is to receive grants of more than five million euros, predominantly from the EU, to develop a new imaging device for the diagnosis of breast cancer. [More]
RIT and Rochester Regional Health team up to advance thermal imaging for breast cancer detection

RIT and Rochester Regional Health team up to advance thermal imaging for breast cancer detection

Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology and physicians at Rochester Regional Health are advancing thermal imaging techniques as a potentially safer and less invasive diagnostic tool for the detection of early-stage breast cancer. [More]
Breast cancer screening provides framework for radiologist-led bundled payment models, study reports

Breast cancer screening provides framework for radiologist-led bundled payment models, study reports

According to a new report by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, mammography may present an opportunity for the expanded use of bundled payments in radiology. [More]
Integration of multiple types of protein biomarkers improves ability to detect breast cancer

Integration of multiple types of protein biomarkers improves ability to detect breast cancer

A first-time study published in PLOS ONE shows that a combined assessment of multiple types of protein biomarkers in the blood offers an important advancement for detecting early breast cancer. [More]

New article discusses about modifications to breast cancer screening recommendations

A new article discusses the evidentiary support for the recent changes made by the American Cancer Society in its recommendations for breast cancer screening. In addition to modifying the suggested ages for annual and biannual mammography, the new recommendations also focus on patient preference in decision making. [More]
Background parenchymal enhancement of the breast not linked to increased risk of cancer

Background parenchymal enhancement of the breast not linked to increased risk of cancer

Women with a certain gene mutation are among the high-risk patients for breast cancer. With a magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) it is possible to detect tissue with measurable active blood supply which indicates an increased breast cancer risk. [More]
Nuffield Health enhances breast screening service with MAMMOMAT Inspiration systems from Siemens Healthineers

Nuffield Health enhances breast screening service with MAMMOMAT Inspiration systems from Siemens Healthineers

The UK’s largest not-for-profit healthcare provider Nuffield Health has as part of its wider investment programme improved its breast screening service with a technology refresh which includes six systems from Siemens Healthineers. [More]
New technique can help identify aggressive forms of DCIS

New technique can help identify aggressive forms of DCIS

When a woman is diagnosed with the earliest stage of breast cancer, how aggressive should her treatment be? Will the non-invasive cancer become invasive? Or is it a slow-growing variety that will likely never be harmful? [More]
New molecular breast imaging gives better image quality with reduced radiation dose

New molecular breast imaging gives better image quality with reduced radiation dose

Preliminary tests have demonstrated that a new device may enable existing breast cancer imagers to provide up to six times better contrast of tumors in the breast, while maintaining the same or better image quality and halving the radiation dose to patients. [More]
Could whole-mount scanning of breast tissue lead to better clinical outcomes? An interview with Dr Martin Yaffe

Could whole-mount scanning of breast tissue lead to better clinical outcomes? An interview with Dr Martin Yaffe

We actually normally refer to this as whole-specimen imaging of breast tissue. What we mean is that when tissue is removed from the breast, which could be in the form of a lumpectomy – a breast-conserving surgery – or a mastectomy, the piece of tissue removed is relatively large. [More]
ITM researchers develop small, user-friendly device for real time detection of arrhythmias

ITM researchers develop small, user-friendly device for real time detection of arrhythmias

Researchers at the Technological Institute of Morelia in Mexico, created a device for detecting cardiac arrhythmias in real time, and that turns portable a system that uses electrodes placed on the chest of the patient or as part of clothing (shirt), plus it allows to alert the physician at the same time there is an irregularity in the heartbeat. [More]
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