Then & Now

Early Detection

Early detection is essential to preventing diseases from progressing and maximizing treatment options. Today, countless lives are saved thanks to early detection through advanced imaging.

Examples

Lung cancer claims nearly 160,000 lives yearly, making it the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. A chest x-ray can detect lung tumors as small as a dime, but by the time a tumor reaches that size, lung cancer is already at a late stage, making treatment much less effective. Today, low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) can find tiny tumors the size of a grain of rice, which has been shown to reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent compared to chest x-ray alone. That’s why the American Cancer Society estimates that low-dose lung CT for high-risk populations could save 12,000 lives a year.

According to The National Breast Cancer Foundation, 98 percent of breast cancer patients survive if detection occurs early. For some women – like those with dense breast tissue –standard mammography can miss tumors. Breast imaging innovation has led to many life-saving technologies – such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and positron emission mammography and molecular breast imaging (MBI) – that detect cancer earlier, leading to higher survival rates. Breast tomosynthesis and stereoscopic digital mammography (DM) also provide 3D images that increase diagnostic accuracy and reduce false positives.

Today, low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) can detect tumors the size of a grain of rice.

Breast Cancer