Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have developed a method to detect breast cancer without using X-rays.
In the conventional screening method, the breast is clamped between two plates to create one or more good x-rays. Apart from being unpleasant this is also not without risk. The radiation can contribute to the development of cancer. Also, after these studies it often appears that no cancer is found.
The Eindhoven researchers have now found an accurate method, which also produces 3D instead of 2D images. The patient lies on a table and the breast hangs in a small bowl. Special sound waves will create a 3D image of the breast. Possible cancer is then easily recognizable on those images.
According to TU/e, the new method is much more reliable and much more comfortable for the patient.
The researchers are working to create a strong international medical team to conduct further research. It may take another ten years before the new method is fully implemented in hospitals.
Translator: Cyril C