CAN A NEW TECHNIQUE REPLACE MAMMOGRAPHY? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Mammography is no fun, but has been shown to help detect early breast cancers. Now a technique called thermography, which doesn’t involve compressing the breast, may be poised to take its place. Not so fast, warns the FDA, and Ben Park, a breast cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, agrees.
PARK: Thermography, I think like many other types of screening tools, algorhythms, diagnostics, we now have at our disposal, this is really going to be an adjunct, meaning that it will be something that we can use in addition to but not in place of screening mammography. And the reason is that this hasn’t been studied well enough to really say in a head to head comparison that this is actually going to take the place of mammography. There are other factors involved with that, we can’t just always make these decision based on technology alone. :29
Park says for now, women should follow the guidelines for screening mammography to reduce their risk of breast cancer. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.