A new portable breast imaging device may provide women with a more effective way to detect breast cancer in its early stages, HealthImaging.com
The machine, which can be used by general practice physicians, was developed by Zhipeng Wu, PhD, of the University of Manchester in England. The device measures contrasts in tissue, whereas mammograms take breast density into account.
The news source notes that the machine "is capable of reproducing up to 30 images per second and may be more useful in women under 50 years of age, who account for 20 percent of breast cancer cases but in whom mammography is up to 35 percent less accurate than in women over 50 years of age."
The American Cancer Society recommends that all women over the age of 40 undergo a yearly mammogram. In addition, women of all ages are advised to administer a self-breast exam at least once a month. Early detection of the disease may save one's life, as stage one breast cancer patients are often experience a 95-percent five-year survival rate.