GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Did you receive a letter after your mammogram that says you have dense breasts? You’re not alone. About half of women in the U.S. have breasts that are considered dense due to the appearance of the breast tissue on their mammogram.
Women with dense breasts are at an immediate disadvantage when it comes to traditional breast imaging. Mammograms can miss lumps that could be cancerous because of the dense tissue.
QT Breast Health was granted $14 million from the National Institutes of Health to find a way to reduce false positive scans on women with dense breasts without radiation.
They developed a 3D imaging scan with ultrasound to create images of the breasts without radiation or compression.
QT breast scans are approved by the FDA to provide images of the breast and are awaiting full FDA clearance which is expected in the next year.
If QT Breast Health gets that approval it will be the first advancement in breast health imaging for women in more than 50 years.
Grand Rapids is the only city in the Midwest offering QT Breast Health scans. They are not covered by insurance and cost $600.