Physicians at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center and engineers from Dartmouth College's engineering school have collaboratively developed a new approach to breast-conserving surgery. Dartmouth officials say the method simplifies the procedure for women whose breast cancer is too small to be felt.

By combining magnetic resonance imaging before surgery with optical scanning during surgery, they are able to accurately locate small breast cancer tumors for removal. Their findings, "Supine Breast MRI and 3D Optical Scanning: A Novel Approach to Improve Tumor Localization for Breast Conserving Surgery," were recently published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology.

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