Mumbai hospital gets automated breast volume scanner

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 15, 2012 15:50 hrs

Mumbai, Oct 15 (IANS) Mumbai's Jaslok Hospital Monday presented India's first-of-its-kind Automated Breast Volume Scanner (ABVS), that will help acquire, analyse and report detailed sonographic volumes of intricate breast anatomy and pathology.

The initiative was supported by Women's Cancer Initiative by Tata Memorial Hospital that focusses on alleviating physical, emotional and financial suffering associated with cancers in women.

With breast cancer seeing an alarming rise in the country, Padma Vibhushan Dr. S.H Advani, director of medical oncology at Jaslok Hospital, said Monday that an estimated 2.2 lakh women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

"In Mumbai and Delhi alone, there are 25-30 new cases per one lakh women each year," he said, emphasing that screening is the only way of prevention.

Breast cancer survivors shared stories of overcoming the traumas they, along with their families go through in the fight against this life-threatening disease.

The scanner provides 3D details of the whole breast relatively swiftly, which was not possible before. Experts at the hospital termed it as a painless alternative to mammography and said that it also allows a more detailed and clearer image as a follow-up to a conventional mammogram.

The hospital also announced its association with The Estee Lauder Companies' Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign's Global Landmarks Illumination Initiative.

The Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign's Landmarks Illumination initiative unites worldwide monuments and landmarks.

Jaslok Hospital also announced a Free Women's Cancer Screening Camp till the end of this month as October is internationally recognised as breast cancer month.

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