New technology is helping doctors diagnose breast cancer earlier - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

New technology is helping doctors diagnose breast cancer earlier

(Source: Pixabay Images) (Source: Pixabay Images)
WSFA/NBC -

Doctors can now get a much clearer view of the breast tissue with 3D mammograms.

Radiologist Dr. Steven Merandi said, "We can see through the tissue a little bit better. It takes slices through the tissue, instead of a 2D image its 3D, and we get slices kind of like a cat scan through the breast."

Merandi says this helps doctors get more accurate results, and makes it easier to see what is and isn't cancerous.

"It can be easier to find smaller cancers. Some of the cancers that we can find with 3D are not seen at all with 2D. I mean they're fairly rare, but we do find two, three and four mm cancers that we won't see with a 2D mammogram," said Merandi.

Merandi recommends the test in particular for women with denser breast tissue.

"For people with fatty breasts, it's not as useful and probably not necessary, so it's not absolute for everybody, but it's very good for those particular people it's designed for," said Merandi.

Several studies have shown that 3D mammograms find more cancers and also reduce the number of false positives.

Whether it’s a 2D or 3D tests, Merandi says women should be screened every year.

Copyright 2017 WSFA 12 News/NBC. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • White House to push merit-based immigration in new campaign

    White House to push merit-based immigration in new campaign

    Friday, December 15 2017 3:05 AM EST2017-12-15 08:05:29 GMT
    Friday, December 15 2017 6:39 PM EST2017-12-15 23:39:53 GMT

    The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn the public against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push to move toward a more merit-based structure.

    More >>

    The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn the public against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push to move toward a more merit-based structure.

    More >>
  • Opelika man arrested for allegedly raping 15-year-old

    Opelika man arrested for allegedly raping 15-year-old

    Friday, December 15 2017 6:14 PM EST2017-12-15 23:14:28 GMT
    Jaylen Williams (Source: Auburn Police)Jaylen Williams (Source: Auburn Police)

    Auburn police arrested a man for rape on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Jaylen Williams, 20, of Opelika, was arrested after a parent of the 15-year-old girl discovered Williams at the home on Lee Road. 

    More >>

    Auburn police arrested a man for rape on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Jaylen Williams, 20, of Opelika, was arrested after a parent of the 15-year-old girl discovered Williams at the home on Lee Road. 

    More >>
  • Former convict celebrates milestone with Montgomery youth outreach program

    Former convict celebrates milestone with Montgomery youth outreach program

    Friday, December 15 2017 5:49 PM EST2017-12-15 22:49:55 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Charles Lee's That's My Child organization is celebrating its fifth year anniversary at a new location off Lower Wetumpka Road.

    More >>

    Charles Lee's That's My Child organization is celebrating its fifth year anniversary at a new location off Lower Wetumpka Road.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly