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Optical Mammography Modification Ups Sensitivity For Cancer Imaging

A group of Italian researchers has developed a modification to optical mammography instrumentation that increases the sensitivity of the medical imaging technique by up to a thousand-fold. The researchers will report the advancement at the OSA Biophotonics Congress ‘Biomedical Optics’ to be held on 3-6 April in Hollywood, Florida, USA. Optical mammography (OM) uses harmless red or infrared light to image tissues and can be used in conjunction with x-rays to reduce the amount of ionising radiation patients must be subjected to when diagnosing and monitoring cases that require repeated imaging.

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