n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - New developments in medical imaging to detect breast cancer : medical imaging in breast cancer

Volume 29, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



It is estimated that 1 in 4 South Africans will be affected by at least one cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, with breast cancer being the most common cause of death in women. Clinical studies have shown that early detection has caused mortality rates to fall by up to 50%, and the earlier the detection, the greater are the chances of survival. Various medical imaging modalities are used to detect breast cancer, the most common being X-rays (mammography), ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and various radionuclide techniques. The purpose of this article is to review these and other novel medical imaging modalities.

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