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New ‘Seed’ Therapy Helps Pinpoint Breast Tumors With More Accuracy

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on October 11, 2007

Physicians at UT Southwestern Medical Center are the first in Texas to use a new technique in which a small radioactive pellet, or “seed”, is implanted into a mass or suspicious lesion in the breast to pinpoint its exact location for surgical removal.

During the procedure, a radiologist uses a needle to insert a small radioactive seed, about the size of a grain of rice, into the mass. Once lodged, surgeons use a wand that detects radioactivity to locate the mass and find the best pathway for removal.

“The new technique is less invasive for the patient and allows us to be more precise when removing possible breast-cancer tumors,” said Dr. Roshni Rao, a surgical oncologist who specializes in breast cancer.

Lets not forget, it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please click on the Breast Cancer link on the left hand side of the page. This new tecnique looks pretty interesting. Read more at Science Daily at the above link..


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