Unique light waves help with breast cancer detection

04/30/2006 | Yahoo!

Medical imaging using light waves from a region of the electromagnetic spectrum known as the terahertz region could help eliminate the need for multiple breast cancer surgeries by ensuring complete breast cancer removal, according to a new study. The light is located between the microwave and infrared portions of the spectrum, and researchers say the light could reliably distinguish between normal breast tissue, tumor and even early-stage "in situ" cancers in excised tissue samples.

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