New Taiwanese PET device improves the early detection of breast cancer in women
Jul 18, 2011
The earlier breast cancer is discovered, the better a woman's chance of survival. Fortunately, there are new technological advances and techniques continuously hitting the global market that make early breast cancer detection easier and more accurate.
In breast cancer breakthroughs news, the Taiwanese Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (INER), which operates under the Atomic Energy Council, revealed a highly developed breast cancer-detection device on July 13, 2011. This advanced positron emission tomography (PET) system uses a radioactive tracer substance to search for breast cancer, the China Post reports.
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, PET scans are superior over magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines in detecting breast cancer during early stages. The required radiation dose of PET scans is approximately 70 percent lower than that of MRI's, and the INER states that the cost of a scan from its new PET machine costs as little as one sixth as much as the cost of an MRI scan.
Detecting breast cancer in its earliest development stages is instrumental to the well-being of the afflicted person. The American Cancer Society reports that the five-year survival rate for Stage I breast cancer is 88 percent, while Stages IIIB and IIIC have five-year survival rates lower than 50 percent.