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New way to detect breast cancer coming to Franciscan

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Around a decade, Molecular Breast Imaging has not been approved for widespread use.

A more precise way to detect breast cancer is coming to La Crosse's Mayo Clinic.

Patients at Franciscan Healthcare will soon have access to molecular breast imaging, which can "detect three to four times more cancers in dense breasts," says Rochester Mayo physician Deborah Rhodes.

Rhodes adds that gamma ray imaging can also find tumors which might be hidden in scans showing dense tissue.

She is optimistic that the molecular technique will become more common for breast exams within the next two to three years.

The screening process has been around a decade but has not been approved for general use across the U.S., yet.

Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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