Breast Cancer: Prevent Breast Cancer with ABVS Technology
Breast cancer is the top cancer in women both in the developed and the developing world. The incidence of breast cancer is increasing in the developing world due to increased life expectancy, urbanisation and adoption of western lifestyles. The oncologist specialist team at BNH HCG Cancer Center, a unit of HCG - Dr. Bhavana Parikh, Consultant, Medical Oncologist, Dr. Deepak Patkar, Consultant, Radiologist and Dr. Sanjay Dudhat, Consultant, Surgical Oncologist, help us understand the best breast cancer detection tool available in India.
One such leading technology is the Automated Breast Volume Scanner (ABVS), which provides a full-filed three-dimensional image of the breast aiding the analysis of breast anatomy and pathology.
Ultrasound is frequently used to help differentiate between harmless cysts and potentially malignant tumours. A study by the Radiology Society of North America concluded in 2002 that an additional ultrasound increases the detection rate of non-palpable breast cancer by 42 percent. However, for a long time the quality of the ultrasound examination depended on the examining physicians because the examination was performed with a hand-held transducer. In addition, examinations, of this kind were time-consuming. The new ABVS system solves these problems in a single sweep.
For women with dense breast tissue, an additional ultrasound is performed after they completed their mammography examinations to make sure that everything is detected. ABVS has shortened this process.
What’s more – the 3D image makes it possible to display the breast in detail slice-by-slice from the tip of the nipple to the back and is extremely helpful for diagnosis or the planning of surgical interventions. Until recently, these displays were not possible. In addition, the new 3D technique is highly suitable for diagnosing women who have a higher risk for breast cancer due to family history.
Mammography is the only screening technology approved by the FDA, but it’s far from perfect. The X-ray technology may miss cancers in those with dense breasts. In addition, women with dense breast tissues are at a greater risk for developing breast cancer.
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