University of Kansas Cancer Center gets new cancer detecting technology

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For years, women and doctors have used mammograms to look for signs of breast cancer.

Now there's something better. The University of Kansas Cancer Center is the latest hospital to offer a procedure called tomosynthesis.

Instead of one image doctors can now see 40. It works best for women with medium density breast tissue and is almost like a CAT scan.

"[Tomosynthesis is] kind of like back in the 1970s when someone invented the CAT scan and said it's the greatest thing since sliced bread," said Dr. Marc Inciardi, director of breast imaging. "We've been waiting probably 10 years for this technology to mature and it really is a good breakthrough for mammography."

Doctors now look forward to something called automated breast ultrasound.

Kansas City is one of ten test sites across the nation.

Early results show the new ultrasound can increase cancer detection rates up to 50 percent.

On Thursday, March 22, 2012, a team of doctors and specialists from the University of Kansas Cancer Center will be at 41 Action News to take your calls about cancer, treatment and symptoms.

They'll be on the phone and online from 4:30 to 6:30.

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