Jul 1, 1992
Chinese journal of oncology
One hundred and eleven patients with various pathologically proved breast diseases were examined by computed infrared light scan (ILS). The results were compared with those of palpation and X-ray mammography. The correct rate in 50 cancers was 90%, significantly superior to that of X-ray (70%, P less than 0.05). The lower diagnostic rate of X-ray may have been due to higher percentage of younger patients (30-40 years of age) who had higher density in the breast in this group. The criteria of diagnosis of cancers by ILS on the video monitor were: 1. The shadow of the mass- the lower grade of gray-shade implied the possibility of malignancy, and 2. Pattern of the blood vessels around the mass-increase in number, diameter, distortion, a zigzag course or disappearance of blood vasculature suggested malignancy. ILS is considered simple, non-invasive, easy to operate and reliable in the detection of breast cancers.