Electrical Breast Test Video

In this medical video learn about recent studies of a new device that uses electricity to detect cancer.
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Jennifer Matthews: Like many people, Janet Gemmiti has been touched by breast cancer. Janet Gemmiti: My mother is a breast cancer survivor, and I have a couple of close girlfriends that also are breast cancer survivors. Jennifer Matthews: So, she's diligent when it comes to her own health. Janet Gemmiti: I have two other sisters, and so we do go for our mammograms on a regular basis. Jennifer Matthews: Now, Janet is doing her part to help with future methods to find breast cancer. She's taking part in a study of a new device that sends electricity through the breast and measures the speed it travels. While doctors can't explain why, they know breasts with cancer conduct electricity differently. Dr. Scott H. Kurtzman: It doesn't try to give us a picture of the breast; so much as it tells us if the conduction of electricity is different between the two breasts. Jennifer Matthews: Doctor Kurtzman at University of Connecticut Health Center is one of the researchers involved in the ongoing study. They hope to confirm the results of an early study in 400 women. Dr. Scott H. Kurtzman: It showed one important thing. That is, if this test said there was no cancer, there was only one person who actually had a cancer that this missed. Jennifer Matthews: Janet says the test was simple. Janet Gemmiti: I didn't feel any electrical charge or really any sensation at all. Jennifer Matthews: And in the future, that simple test could be all it takes to reduce the number of people whose lives are affected by breast cancer. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting. Jennifer Matthews: Like many people, Janet Gemmiti has been touched by breast cancer. Janet Gemmiti: My mother is a breast cancer survivor, and I have a couple of close girlfriends that also are breast cancer survivors. Jennifer Matthews: So, she's diligent when it comes to her own health. Janet Gemmiti: I have two other sisters, and so we do go for our mammograms on a regular basis. Jennifer Matthews: Now, Janet is doing her part to help with future methods to find breast cancer. She's taking part in a study of a new device that sends electricity through the breast and measures the speed it travels. While doctors can't explain why, they know breasts with cancer conduct electricity differently. Dr. Scott H. Kurtzman: It doesn't try to give us a picture of the breast; so much as it tells us if the conduction of electricity is different between the two breasts. Jennifer Matthews: Doctor Kurtzman at University of Connecticut Health Center is one of the researchers involved in the ongoing study. They hope to confirm the results of an early study in 400 women. Dr. Scott H. Kurtzman: It showed one important thing. That is, if this test said there was no cancer, there was only one person who actually had a cancer that this missed. Jennifer Matthews: Janet says the test was simple. Janet Gemmiti: I didn't feel any electrical charge or really any sensation at all. Jennifer Matthews: And in the future, that simple test could be all it takes to reduce the number of people whose lives are affected by breast cancer. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting. Jennifer Matthews: Like many people, Janet Gemmiti has been touched by breast cancer. Janet Gemmiti: My mother is a breast cancer survivor, and I have a couple of close girlfriends that also are breast cancer survivors. Jennifer Matthews: So, she's diligent when it comes to her own health. Janet Gemmiti: I have two other sisters, and so we do go for our mammograms on a regular basis. Jennifer Matthews: Now, Janet is doing her part to help with future methods to find breast cancer. She's taking part in a study of a new device that sends electricity through the breast and measures the speed it travels. While doctors can't explain why, they know breasts with cancer conduct electricity differently. Dr. Scott H. Kurtzman: It doesn't try to give us a picture of the breast; so much as it tells us if the conduction of electricity is different between the two breas

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