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New technique could improve accuracy of breast cancer diagnoses

  • Posted: December 31, 2012

Tiny calcium deposits can be a telltale sign of breast cancer. However, in the majority of cases these microcalcifications signal a benign condition. A new diagnostic procedure developed at MIT (home of the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research) and Case Western Reserve University (home of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center) could help doctors more accurately distinguish between cancerous and noncancerous cases.

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