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Infrared scanner can detect breast cancer

Scientists discover women with breast cancer emit a type of thermal energy detectable by an infrared beam scanner.

August 29, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Israeli scientists have discovered that women with breast cancer emit a certain type of thermal energy that can be picked up by a new scanner.

They claim the new scanner is more effective at detecting breast cancer than mammograms.

Mammograms use X-ray to detect breast cancer. The new scanner uses infrared beams and thermal energy without radiation.

The company that developed the scanner says the new technology is also more effective for younger women who often have denser breast tissue.

The scanner is still in early clinical trials.