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New Technology Aides in Early Breast Cancer Detection, Reducing False Positives

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. That's why new technology that allows early detection is exciting for doctors and patients.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
That's why new technology that allows early detection is exciting for doctors and patients.

As a breast cancer survivor of ten years, Linda Dummit knows first-hand the importance of early detection. A routine mammogram led to her diagnosis.

"If I hadn't gotten it, I wouldn't be here today probably, my tumor was deep in the breast on the chest wall. I would've never been felt manually."

Now radiologists are getting a more detailed look at Linda's breast tissue ... Through tomosynthesis.

"She talked about the tomography and that takes slices as it goes through the tissue."

The slices are one-millimeter thick... Serving as a 3-D reconstruction of the breast.

"The more obvious something is on a screening exam, the easier it is for me to detect."

Doctor Elizabeth Moorehead of the Breast Center at St. David's says the new technology not only has a higher detection rate but can also reduce false positives.

"I think it's most helpful for women with dense breasts and particularly for anxious patients or patients who have been called back in the past."

Linda says it's not painful and disrobing wasn't the least bit uncomfortable.

"I think after you've had breast cancer, you could probably show your breasts to just about anybody."

Especially when the screening ends with an all clear.

"I don't mind getting my teeth cleaned, I don't mind getting my eyes checked. I don't mind getting my breasts checked."

All mammograms are generally covered under insurance and 3-D breast imaging is covered by most providers.

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