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Detecting breast cancer earlier with 3D X-rays

A research team from ETH Zurich and the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI together with the Baden Cantonal Hospital and the University Hospital Zurich wants to improve a method for diagnosing breast cancer. 

Michal Rawlik (left), first author of the publication, and Marco Stampanoni hope to be able to decisively improve breast cancer diagnostics with the new method. (Photograph: Paul Scherrer Institut/Markus Fischer)

In brief

  • Researchers from the ETH Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, the Cantonal Hospital Baden and the University Hospital Zurich have achieved a milestone on the way to improved breast cancer screening.
  • They have demonstrated that breast tumours can be detected earlier with a new type of 3-D X-​ray computed tomography than with conventional computed tomography.
  • The new grating interferometry computed tomography clearly surpasses the conventional method in terms of resolution and contrast. This will increase the chances of recovery for affected women.

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