Computed Tomography Laser Mammography (CTLM) is a relatively new and very promising field of optical imaging. In combination with conventional mammography and other techniques, it has the power to provide detailed information of breast abnormalities. It provides unique images of blood flow to the breast, allowing detection of any new blood vessels in the breast which is a hallmark of developing tumors. This information on angiogenesis in the breast tissue can help physicians differentiate between benign and malignant tumors, thereby giving them more information for a proper diagnosis .
Fig. 2a: The Computed Tomography Laser Mammography (CTLM) Model 1020. Image taken from: www.imds.com