Painless 3D Mammograms (Tomosynthesis) Video

In this medical video learn about new technology that creates 3D breast images may replace mammograms and better detect cancer in younger women. Not only can this scanner detect the smallest cancer tumors but it could detect even the threat of can...
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Jennifer Matthews: Jennifer Graham is cutting, pasting and keeping track of her journey through cancer, a journey she thought she would never take. Jennifer Graham: This can't be happening to me. I'm too young for this. Jennifer Matthews: Like most women in their 30s, she never even had a mammogram. Jennifer Graham: I did a self breast exam, and I felt a lump. Jennifer Matthews: Researchers at Duke University Medical Center are working on ways to detect cancer in younger women and find smaller tumors than ever before. Martin Tornai: The idea is that being able to catch the cancer earlier, you'll be able to do something to potentially cure these women earlier. Jennifer Matthews: Radiologist Martin Tornai has created a new type of CT scanner that provides a 3D image of the breast. Traditional mammograms provide only a 2D image and can be painful, compressing the breast and distorting the image. Martin Tornai: Our first priority is to make sure that patients are going to be comfortable because mammography often turns off a group of women from actually going to get regular screenings. Jennifer Matthews: The woman lies on her stomach. A camera swings up and down, encircling the breast and capturing hundreds of pictures. The images are combined to form a complete 3D image. Martin Tornai:Those are very close to her chest wall otherwise deep inside of her breast. Jennifer Matthews: Because of where many tumor is, it may be missed by a mammogram. The new scanner can also detect tumors as small as a tip of a pen. Mammograms detect lesions the size of a marble, making this scanner a more powerful tool to help women like Jennifer live to finish not just one scrapbook, but many, many more. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.

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