Diagnosing Breast Cancer: Technology Is the Key
October 10, 2015
Breast cancer can hide. Depending on a woman’s body composition and her breast tissue density, a cancer in the breast can be difficult to detect. That’s why technology is key to giving physicians a better window through which they can detect, treat and stop breast cancer. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast radiology expert Dr. Shannon Glass discusses the latest technological tools that can be used to detect breast cancer.
- How have advances in technology affected the ways that breast cancer is detected?
- One aspect of diagnostic technology that is getting a lot of attention is the form of 3D imaging called Tomosynthesis. Why is this technology garnering so much attention?
- Women's breast tissue can vary greatly in mass and density. Why does that make it difficult for physicans to detect breast cancer and how does the 3D technology at UT Health Northeast help?
- Discuss the difference in what a physician sees in a 2D image versus a 3D image and why is that difference important to the patient?
- The GE Tomosynthesis unit at UT Health Northeast was the first of its kind in the United States. Why is it important for a medical facililty to invest in such technology?
- There is some contention between the medical community and the federal government as to when women should have mammograms. What do you tell patients with respect to the timing and frequency of mammograms?
- Discuss MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and its role in helping doctors see through dense breast tissue.
- Looking at the future of imaging and diagnostic technology, what do you see?
- If a woman has a family history of breast cancer, should she ask her primary care physician to schedule and appoitment with a specialist?