New CT Scanner Gives 3D Mammogram

180,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and one in four will die.

Detecting breast cancer as early as possible is crucial for survival.

Now, doctors are working on a new tool to track the tiniest tumors.

Like most women in their thirties, Jennifer Graham never had a mammogram.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Researchers at Duke University are working on ways to detect cancer in younger women and find tumors smaller than ever before.

Radiologist Martin Tornai created a new type of CT scanner that provides a 3D image of the breast.

Traditional mammograms provide only a 2D image and can be painful, compressing the breast and distorting the image. Dr. Martin Tornai of Duke University Medical Center says, "Our first priority is to make sure that patients are going to be comfortable because mammography often turns off a group of women from actually going to get regular screenings."

The woman lies on her stomach.

A camera swings up and down, encircling the breast, capturing hundreds of pictures.

The images are combined to form a complete 3D image.


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