Finding Breast Cancer at the Cellular Level - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/22/04

Finding Breast Cancer at the Cellular Level

Here's a peak into the future when it comes to finding breast cancer. The nuclear medicine department at Duke University is devising a new system to find cancerous changes in the breast at its earliest stages, on a cellular level.

It's called Functional Mammotomagraphy. A radioactive tracer is absorbed by cancerous cells, so any problem spot shows up in a 3D image as a mini camera rotates around the breast.

Researchers say the camera will be useful for women with larger breasts, since imaging can be more difficult due to their density. Studies with volunteers are expected to begin this fall.

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