In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, scientists at BYU and the University of Utah have been working on a new procedure to increase detection.
The new procedure is an MRI device that targets sodium levels instead of the usual proton images.
Malignant tumors are thought to have an increase in sodium concentrations, so by looking for that, these new procedures are already five-times more accurate than other efforts with different exams.
While X-Ray Mammograms are still the number one procedure, it’s not as efficient with dense breasts, and it’s also very uncomfortable. They can also lead to more false positives than the sodium MRI.
The goal is to combine proton MRI with sodium MRI into one scan.
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