One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Although the survival rate is greatly improving — now over 80% (five-year) — there are a lot of improvements that may be done to help bring this to 100%. One way, according to researchers at the University at Albany, is to use a newly-developed imaging system that reduces false positives in order to provide more accurate diagnosis.
Right now mammography is the best diagnostic tool available to doctors. In most medical practices, a mammogram is used as the test to determine whether or not cancerous cells may exist in the breast tissue. And while mammography has saved countless lives, the process is not without fault. Conventional imaging techniques can sometimes miss carcinomas (the most common type of cancer cell in humans) and produce false positives.