Battling Breast Cancer: 3-D Breast Cancer Mammograms

New 3-D breast cancer tests are promising better results in detecting more cancers.
1:23 | 06/24/14

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here at home tonight, a medical headline promising better results for a new version of a test millions of American women take. A mammogram. The 3-d version of a mammogram, according to big new study catches more cancer. ABC's Mara schiavocampo on how they work and who can get one. Reporter: A new and improved weapon against cancer. While typical mammograms take one single crowded image, 3D mammograms take multiple rapid-fire pictures allowing doctors to focus on individual cross sections like turning pages of a book, identifying tumors like this one that could have been missed. The study finds they increase early detection by 295, decrease the number of stressful false positives and fewer women have to go back for repeat screenings. How significant is the development like this when it comes to diagnosing breast cancer? Anything we can do to pick up cancers that are smaller and at an earlier stage is a huge improvement. Reporter: These machines eye Mitt more radiation and more expensive and still relatively rare. Doctors hoping that will change, many seeing this as wave of of the future. Mara schiavocampo, NBC news, new York.

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