Fighting Breast Cancer in 3D

One in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. But more than a quarter of them have dense breast tissue, which means standard mammograms don't always find the tumor. A new experimental 3D scanner is showing promise for identifying cancers that other tools can't. As Robyn Haines reports, it could change the way doctors see cancer. With the new prototype Cone Beam CT Scanner, X-ray beams and a digital detector rotate around the breast, taking 300 pictures in ten seconds. Researchers say 3D images from the scan can pick up tumors about five millimeters across — the size of a pea. The breast CT prototype at Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta, Georgia is one of five in the United States. In the next clinical trial, researchers will study the effectiveness of the new scanner in detecting how tumors are responding to chemotherapy. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Vince Dollard, Public Relations Emory Winship Cancer Institute Atlanta, GA (404) 778-4580

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