3-D Mammography Device Called Selenia Dimensions System Approved by FDA

By on Feb 12, 2011 in Health, Science, Technology Comments

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first 3-D mammography device called the Selenia Dimensions System. The new 3-D mammogram device can generate 2-D and 3-D X-ray images of the breast to potentially help doctors recognize more cancerous tumors.

According to international news sites, the FDA revealed that the new system can double the radiation exposure for patients, however, it can also increase the accuracy of diagnosis. With this, fewer women are expected to undergo additional scans. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA‘s device division said in a statement that, “Physicians can now access this unique and innovative 3-D technology that could significantly enhance diagnosis and treatment approaches.”

The FDA approved the device based on two studies in which X-ray specialists showed a 7 percent improvement in spotting cancerous tumors when viewing images from the device, compared with traditional 2-D images.

The National Cancer Institute recommends women ages 40 and older to undergo a mammogram every one to two years. United Sates are performing about 40 million mammograms each year.

The Selenia Dimensions System is already approved in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

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