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3D Mammograms can detect deadly cancer sooner

Rochester, N.Y. - A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that 3D mammograms can detect deadly forms of breast cancer sooner.

The screening offers a better look at the layers of breast tissue and can reveal hidden tumors, according to Dr. Avice OConnell, of the UR Medicine Womens Imaging Center.

OConnell said in some cases these same tumors might be detected on regular mammograms.

But she said this 3D screening is effective for women who need additional tests to determine if they have breast cancer. She said it can also be used to detect certain cancerous tumors sooner.

The downfall is that it is expensive. OConnell said not all facilities can offer this to women. UR Medicine Imaging and Highland Breast Imaging have had the new technology for the past year.

They said it isnt used for everyone, but can be helpful for those who need it.

OConnell said the main thing is early detection and tools like this can be vital in the early diagnosis of breast cancer, which could potentially save lives.

 
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