Ultrasounds and MRIs detect more breast cancer, study says

April 4, 2012

breast ultrasound imageA new study, by the American College of Radiology Imaging Network and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, found that adding ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) tests to annual mammogram screenings can increase cancer detection in women with a higher-than-average risk of the disease.


“For women who have dense breasts, adding ultrasound to mammography will increase the chance of finding invasive breast cancer before it spreads to the lymph nodes,” study author Wendie Berg, a professor of radiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, said in a statement. “MRI detected additional invasive cancers not seen on mammography or ultrasound. However, we found that MRI was significantly less tolerable than mammography or ultrasound for many study participants.”

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Ultrasonix is currently putting the finishing touches on SonixEmbrace, a new breast cancer research tool.  SonixEmbrace uses a patented 360 degree rotating concave ultrasound transducer design to capture realistic, uncompressed images of a breast, while the patient lies face down in a comfortable position.  Learn more here.


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