Saturday, 16 February 2008

Hair test cuts breast cancer errors

Detecting breast cancer from changes in the structure of hair could cut down false alarms from mammograms.

The test bombards strands of hair with X-rays from a synchrotron particle accelerator. In hair from healthy people, the pattern produced by the X-rays is a series of arcs, while in people with breast cancer a distinctive ring is superimposed on top of the arcs.

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