gentler, more accurate mammogram?
size is the most important variable in prognosis,” he says.
“If we can detect cancers earlier, we can improve survival.
A respected medical physicist who has served as a consultant to
the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration
and the U.S. Army Breast Cancer Research Program, Boone has secured
$6 million from the National Cancer Institute and the California
Breast Cancer Research Program to construct and test the breast
CT. He hopes to begin clinical testing in women volunteers late
this year or early next year.
Mammograms are X-rays taken through all the layers of the breast
at once. Denser breasts are especially hard to image clearly by
mammography. CT scanning, in contrast, produces pictures of virtual
slices of tissue — in the case of breast CT, 100 to 150 pictures
per breast. The images are stunningly detailed, regardless of breast
Computed tomography imaging is used every day to scan brains, lungs,
abdomens and pelvises. But imaging experts long ago dismissed CT
as impractical for breast screening, thinking it would require too
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Boone hopes to start testing his breast CT machine as early as this