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Taking Another Look at Mammograms

Second Look may detect tumors that were missed

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MONDAY, Feb, 4, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- An imaging system that literally gives mammograms a second look is going to be marketed in the United states.

The device is logically called Second Look®, and it received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Feb. 1. It's made by CADx, a Canadian firm, a subsidiary of a British company. Second Look is a computer-aided detection system that is used in screening mammograms and diagnosing some results that might need additional examination.

The new system looks at existing mammograms through a device called a Mammagraph®. This device enhances the mammogram imaging and may detect cysts and lumps initially missed.

Some researchers have estimated as much as 20 percent of breast cancer tumors may be missed by a mammogram alone.

More than 200,000 breast cancer cases are reported in the United States each year. Early detection is a key to survival and to treatment options.

This information from the Hospital -- an organization that follows developments in hospital operations -- gives an evaluation of the Second Look® system.

And this section of the CADx site describes how the device works.


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