Better Technology For Detecting Breast Cancer?

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Brest Cancer and Mammograms

The 56-year-old woman was relieved: her mammogram showed no signs of breast cancer. Just two weeks later at a follow-up exam, a magnetic resonance image illuminated a glaring mass the size of a walnut. The tumor was cancerous, and its detection demonstrated all too clearly the disparity between two imaging techniques, x-ray mammograms versus magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), that have opposing strengths and weaknesses.