Real-time diagnosis: Changing the game for breast cancer
Your mother, your sister, your friend … maybe even you-breast cancer affects all our lives. In the United States alone, about one in eight women will develop the disease during her lifetime.  Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second leading cause of death. 
When it comes to breast cancer, early diagnosis is one of the most important strategies for survival.  But if you live far from specialists and diagnosticians, time, travel and costs accumulate.
This is a problem that the hospital medical center of Odessa, Texas, has undertaken to solve. With the help of vRad, the hospital is working with more than 400 physicians across the United States to read remote images for patients who otherwise would not have access to sub-specialists.
For patients, quick change makes the difference. When Ms. Carol, a patient at the Medical Hospital Center, had an abnormal mammogram, "They wanted an ultrasound. It was in fact the height of my anxiety. I'm really grateful that the medical center has the technology, because it would have been just another week to wonder what was going to happen. "
When it comes to breast cancer, knowledge is power. By enabling immediate follow-up, patients and physicians can make decisions about next steps in care. If a patient is allowed or has to start a treatment plan, speed counts.
Using Cisco networking and collaboration technology, companies like vRad have the power to diagnose at a glance in real time. Learn more here .
"Our partnership with Cisco has really changed the playing field for patients and the delivery of healthcare in this country", – Dr. Sussman, radiologist, vRad
Technology enables real-time diagnosis everywhere. See the complete case study vRad here .
 Breastcancer.org, American Statistics on Breast Cancer, 2017, http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics
 Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Cancer Facts for Demographic Groups, 2017 https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/data /women.htm
 American Cancer Society, Early Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis, 2017, https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/screening-tests -and- early detection / american-cancer-society-recommendations-for-the-early-detection-of-breast cancer.html