Why West Uses Molybdenum Target and China Uses Ultrasound in Screening for Breast Cancer?

Screening for breast cancer, the molybdenum target is commonly used in Western countries. Because the breast area is extremely small, it needs softer rays than the other parts of the body. It is called soft X-ray. Its kV is lower and more suitable for the breast. The conventional inspection of the X-ray generally uses a tungsten target. But in China more likely to use ultrasound.

modern advanced molybdenum target X-ray machine photography for breast examination image

Ultrasound is commonly used in China because it has no ionizing radiation and is convenient to use. If you have doubts about the results after completing the ultrasound, you can do another examination of the molybdenum target.

This choice is based on the patient's age. Women under the age of 35, if not a high-risk group of breast cancer, are currently not recommended for molybdenum targets in China, but women over the age of 40 are recommended to it.

breast screening can detect cancer in its early stage when it is a most treatable image

Why do foreign women's molybdenum target work particularly well? Foreign women, especially in the West, have large breasts, so they can easily see the results by making mammography. If you go to a more formal medical institution or a regular hospital to do a screening, the report will usually show BI-RADS.

BI-RADS is a guide from the American College of Radiology (ACR). It is divided into class 1, class 2, class 3, class 4, class 5, class 6. The greater the number, the greater the possibility of malignancy. If the prompt is class 5 or 6, it can be judged to be cancer.

BI-RADS is a guide from the American College of Radiology image

Breast cancer is a common malignant tumor for women. Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve the survival rate of this cancer. It has been reported that the cure rate of early breast cancer is as high as 80% to 90%. Given the above description, it can be explained the reason for the western countries are more likely to use molybdenum target and domestic is likely to use ultrasound in screening for breast cancer.