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Using 3D technology to diagnose cancer – DBT

Isabella Dietrich

According to WHO’s statistics, cancer is one of the top 10 causes of death. And breast cancer is the most common cancer. So today, we will share with you guys the latest breast cancer detection technology - Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT).

Breast cancer does not only occur in women, but the rate of occurrence in women is indeed relatively higher than man. In the United States, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. As people get older, the risk of getting breast cancer increases. This is due to the fact that older age leads to an increased risk of cell abnormalities. Cell abnormalities mean cells will continue proliferation and won’t die. This situation is known as a tumor, which can be divided into benign tumors and malignant tumors. While malignant tumors are cancers.

Most of the patients were diagnosed with breast cancer because they found obvious lumps on their bodies and went to the hospital for examination. There are many factors that cause a higher risk of breast cancer, such as breast density (specifically the higher density of connective tissue than fatty tissue), genetic mutations, prolonged sex hormone exposure, and family history of breast cancer, etc. Even though these factors are known and monitored, many women still go undiagnosed and misdiagnosed.

An x-ray called a mammogram is most often used to screen for breast cancer, and it is also the most accurate of the current technology. But according to the estimate, 1 in 8 mammograms produces a false-negative because the screening seems “normal”. However, despite the technology isn’t 100% correct, it still plays a crucial role in the diagnosis of breast cancer. And scientists are still attempting to create a better imaging system.

An x-ray called a mammogram is most often used to screen for breast cancer, and it is also the most accurate of the current technology. But according to the estimate, 1 in 8 mammograms produces a false-negative because the screening seems “normal”. However, despite the technology isn’t 100% correct, it still plays a crucial role in the diagnosis of breast cancer. And scientists are still attempting to create a better imaging system.



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