A breast scan is an imaging test to look at your breasts. It is used when a mammogram has not given your healthcare provider enough information. A breast scan is a type of nuclear imaging test. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive matter is used during the scan.
Breast-friendly, radiation-free alternative to mammogram in the making
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Each year, millions of women undergo mammograms for early detection of possible breast cancer. It's an unpleasant procedure that uses X-rays. Researchers at TU Eindhoven are working on a 'breast-friendly' method, without radiation, that is more accurate and generates 3D rather than 2D images. They published their proof of concept earlier this month in the online journal Scientific Reports. In the regular screening method the breast is squeezed tight between two plates in order to produce one or more good X-ray photos. Apart from being unpleasant, it is not without risk. The X-rays used can themselves be a contributor to the onset of cancer.
Mammogram 2. Ultrasound scan 3. Core biopsy and fine needle aspiration FNA 4. Other tests and procedures 5.
Thermography is a noninvasive tool that uses infrared technology to create images that show heat and blood flow on or near the skin. The rationale for thermography in breast imaging is that the skin overlying a malignant breast lesion is warmer than that of the surrounding breast tissue. The theory is that as the cells of cancer increase, they use more and more oxygen enriched blood so they can grow. When the blood flow increases to the tumor, the temperature around the tumor rises.