Posted by: 2in10 | 01/07/2011

3-D mammograms

Medical device maker Hologic, Inc. of Bedford, Mass. has developed a so-called 3-dimensional mammogram to diagnose breast cancer. This system doesn’t take actual 3-D images but takes enough 2-D images, about 50 1-millimeter cross-sections of tissue, to permit doctors to look around or behind something suspicious to find the extent of a calcification or tumor.

The 3-D mammogram system has been in use in 13 other countries, according to an article in The Boston Herald in November 2010 and was expected to get tentative approval from the U.S. FDA by end of year.

With this device fewer women would have to be called back for another round of imaging  — less angst and some cost savings.

Carolyn

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