5. October 2010 05:20
Latest research from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge has found that women under 50 can now have a new type of screening – Digital Infrared BreastScan (DIB) in combination with a mammogram which improves tumour detection to 89%. Until now mammograms have missed tumours in younger breast tissue as it is denser and so it is harder to see the tumours.
The DIB uses a temperature sensitive camera to detect ‘hot spots’ in the breast which indicate an increased blood supply associated with 86% of breast tumours. Many of the tumours detected are too small to be felt through the skin during self-examination.
The DIB is available through private breast screening clinics many of which are run by Breast Health UK at Spire Hospitals across the UK – to find your local clinic see www.BreastHealthUK.com. The clinics also offer clinical breast examinations, breast MRI scans, ultrasound and genetic testing. If you want to talk to someone further about this, call Breast Health UK on 0800 085 6616.