Despite breast cancer being the second most common cancer for women in the US, progress in the breast imaging space has been stagnant over the last few decades. This is evident in the countless women who are still misdiagnosed – either receiving a false positive or getting diagnosed in the later stages of the disease.
Why Early Detection is Important
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, if breast cancer is still detected in its early stages (when it is localized and has not spread to the rest of the body), the survival rate is 99 percent. Unfortunately, some breast cancer symptoms go unnoticed until the cancer has developed past the early stages.
It is important for women to understand how they can detect early signs of breast cancer. This includes looking for signs and symptoms during monthly self-exams and scheduling clinical breast exams every year.
Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer
There are a few signs and symptoms that could indicate someone has breast cancer. These include:
- Tenderness around the nipple.
- Small lump or thickening in the breast or underneath the arm.
- Slight enlargement of the pores on the surface of the skin.
- Change in the color of the skin on the surface.
- Small dimple that develops on the breast.
How Koning Can Help
As breast cancer continues to impact women around the world, technology must evolve to help reduce the number of yearly cases. Mammography has been the standard choice of breast cancer screening and diagnosis for decades but has, unfortunately, also caused women to be hesitant about getting their yearly exams. Mammograms are not only painful to many women, but they can also yield false or unconclusive results, causing a delay in treatment.
Koning Breast Computed Tomography (KBCT) is a revolutionary technology that can help in the fight against breast cancer. Unlike other traditional methods of breast imaging, KBCT uses true 3D isotropic breast imaging that can find tumors as small as 2 mm, when the cancer is still considered to be stage 0.
KBCT is a more effective and efficient method of imaging the augmented breast. Some of its key features include:
- 360° acquisition regardless of breast size.
- Real 3D images without deforming the breast with compression.
- Can replace diagnostic mammograms, stereotactic biopsy devices, and MRI exams.
- 10 second scans.
The cure to breast cancer relies heavily on finding it in its earliest stages and existing technology is not able to find it early enough. The Koning goal is to detect breast cancer as early as possible to help save the lives of women around the world.
Contact us today to learn more about Koning and the technology we have to offer.