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Spectral Mammography Could Better Detect Breast-Cancer Risk

Fri, 2012-11-02 10:36 -- llancaster

A new type of mammography measures breast density more accurately.
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Nov 2 2012 - 10:15am
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1.  Spectral Mammography - A new type of mammography that uses x-rays of two different energies (each assigned a different color) to measure breast density.

2.  Breast density - The amount of tissue and fat in the breast. A denser breast contains more tissue and is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer.

3.  Breast cancer - Cancer that begins in the breast tissue, milk duct or the parts of the breast that produce milk.


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