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New tech developed to screen breast cancer tumors

Texas residents should know that the technology used to screen breast cancer may soon be improving. While many breast tumors can be detected right away, others are subtle because they exhibit heterogeneous behavior, including contrast-enhancing behavior, and cannot be classified based on shape. What seems malignant may be benign, and vice versa.

Screening during a mammogram is currently done through the Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System. The BI-RADS does have issues with detecting lesions, however, as it is frequently unable to distinguish between the tumor and background tissue. The EU-funded MAMMA project may prove to have a solution. If so, it will save lives, reduce misdiagnoses and reduce the need for biopsies.

The project has developed an intelligent computer-assisted system for detecting the subtler breast tumors. Its software uses spatiotemporal descriptors to capture the shape and contrast-enhanced behavior of these tumors. With the help of radiomics, these descriptors are better able to detect and diagnose tumors than the BI-RADS.

Even better, those diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer can have the software provide them with treatment strategies based on their characteristics and cancer type. By distinguishing malignant from benign cancers, the system will cut down on cost and reduce patient anxiety. Researchers are hopeful that in the future, they can apply this technology to other cancers like prostate cancer.

While such technology will no doubt reduce the number of misdiagnoses, it will not eliminate them. When a doctor fails to diagnose a condition, the patient may be able to file a malpractice claim. The claim could cover past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. A lawyer could assist by gathering proof against the doctor and by negotiating on the victim's behalf for a settlement.

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