Scientist Presents New Breast Cancer Imaging Method

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Flemming Forsberg, Ph.D., professor of Radiology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, presents updated results on the effect of using subharmonic imaging (SHI) in determining a breast cancer diagnosis at the Fifth Era of Hope meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. SHI – a new breast cancer imaging technique – appears to improve the diagnosis of breast cancer relative to conventional ultrasound and mammography.

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“With these recent findings, SHI could provide a major improvement to breast imaging and patient care,” said Dr. Forsberg. “A new method of processing SHI has been discovered that allows doctors to better characterize whether a breast lesion is cancerous or not, which may reduce the need for unnecessary biopsies.”

The Department of Defense’s Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) funded Dr. Forsberg’s research in this pilot study, which was originally published in the September 2007 issue Radiology. But, this new method to process the SHI scans was recently devised and allows doctors to more clearly visualize the blood vessels associated with a breast lesion and may, thus, improve the ability to determine whether a mass is cancerous or not.

The BCRP is the second largest source of breast cancer research in the United States. It has invested over $2 billion in congressional appropriations since its inception in 1992, which has resulted in more than 5,000 unique grants that fulfill unmet needs in breast cancer research. Dr. Forsberg will join more than 1,600 awardees, researchers, breast cancer survivors, and health advocates attending the meeting, which will feature more than 1,200 abstracts focusing on the BCRP’s breakthroughs in the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer.

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