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Quintessential Cape Town: CapeRay scanner revolutionises breast cancer detection

28 July 2016 5:52 AM

New technology overcomes difficulty detecting cancer in dense breast tissue.

The CT scanner was co-developed by South African born physicist Allan Cormack, and as a result he jointly received the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine in 1979.

Now Cape Town doctors have built on that technology and are working on new imaging scanners which they hope will be in use soon.

The CEO of Cape Ray, Kit Vaughan, talks to Cape Talk's Kieno Kammies about this new product they have invented and developed.

Very often women who are scanned for breast cancer using mammography, women with dense breast tissue may produce a false negative result. That happens with over 40% of women.

Very often that cancer will be missed. It is what is called a false negative and that can be devastating.

Kit Vaughan, CEO CapeRay

Late diagnosis means more costly treatment and a successful outcome is significantly decreased.

What our technology does, is catch those breast cancers at an early stage.

Kit Vaughan, CEO CapeRay

The new invention combines the established technologies of full field digital mammography and automated breast ultrasound.

CapeRay has developed and panted this new platform which produces results within 10 minutes.

They are aiming this technology at both private and public hospitals.

Listen to the full interview below:

28 July 2016 5:52 AM

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