According to the latest reports, an infra-red screening device has been introduced for the detection of breast abnormalities in the younger women.
It is claimed that the new technology has a better success rate than the traditional technology.
As per a research conducted on the effectiveness of the scanner, it was found that the scanner identifies the vascular differences between the breasts. The changes in the way the blood vessels perform are revealed as hot spots which can be a sign of a cancerous growth.
According to the lead researcher, Professor Wishart, Consultant Surgeon at Cambridge Breast Cancer Research Unit, "We know that mammography is not as sensitive in women under 50, because they have dense breast tissue, and it's much harder to see any abnormalities. One of the great challenges is to try and find new technologies that might improve the cancer detection rate in younger women".
He further states that incase the breast tumors are detected at an early stage, they are more likely to be small, and the spread of the same is very limited.
Professor Wishart however, said that the scanner is an effective test for detecting breast cancer in women up to 70. He added that the results for the women who aged above 70 were very poor.
The women who have used the scanner reveal that the scan was more comfortable and less invasive as compared to the traditional mammogram.