Breakthrough breast cancer scanner detects lumps without using X-rays

Scientists have developed a new type of scanner that is claimed to be more effective at detecting breast cancer than conventional mammograms. The new machine finds tumours in the breast without the need for radiation by using infra red beams and thermal energy.

In a major trial of more than 2,500 people, the technology was found to be 92 per cent effective at detecting breast cancer in women compared to just 80 per cent for traditional mammograms that use X-rays. Results of the study are due to be published soon in the leading medical journal Radiology. Scientists at Real Imaging – the Israeli inventors -have discovered that women with breast cancer produce different signals on the surface of their skin which is detected by the machine without coming into contact with the breast. Read more…

 

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