Australia-first detection tool could boost breast cancer diagnoses

In an Australian first a new breast cancer detection tool could improve diagnoses by 25 per cent.

New in Adelaide the machine gives doctors a better view through ultrasound imaging.

Rebecca Ramsey has a family history of breast cancer. He mother died at age 48, so Rebecca leaves nothing to chance.

“I’ve had ultrasounds when I got old enough then mammograms and MRIs,” she said.

The technology is also less invasive than traditional mammography. Photo: 7 News
The technology is also less invasive than traditional mammography. Photo: 7 News

Now Benson Radiology is North Adelaide has a new screening tool which gives a clearer picture.

The automated breast ultrasound is the first in Australia and will help better detect cancer in women with dense tissue.


“Up to 50 per cent of women undergoing mammography in this country are classified as having dense breasts, “ Dr Jill Robinson said.

Dr Robinson says overseas studies have found when using a mammogram alone a third of cancers are missed in women with dense tissue.

“With the addition of automated breast ultrasound approximately 25 per cent more breast cancers can be detected,” Dr Robinson said.

The technique is designed to be used in concert with other detection methods. Photo: 7 News
The technique is designed to be used in concert with other detection methods. Photo: 7 News

It gives radiologist a three-dimensional view so even small cancers can be picked up.

“It’s just so much clearer in taking the pictures so they can find it so much earlier,” Ms Ramsey said.

It is less invasive than a mammogram but is not designed to replace them, instead work with them.

“I feel really lucky being in Adelaide because we do have access to this technology and it’s technology that will actually save lives,” Ms Ramsey said.

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