Method improves detection of breast tissue microcalcifications

01/1/2013 | Medical News Today

A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed a method called diffuse reflectance spectroscopy has a 97% success rate in detecting breast tissue with microcalcifications, which may indicate the tissue is cancerous. The method, which generates a "spectrographic signature" by collecting and analyzing light following interaction with the tissue, performs comparably with Raman spectroscopy and gives faster, less expensive results, researchers said. The team plans to test the method in real time while biopsies are being conducted in patients.

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