Digitalizing healthcare

Cancer screening neglected in fear of COVID-19

Software mammography solutions help catch up on delayed cancer screenings

5min
Andrea Lutz
Published on March 2, 2021

Fear of infection, overflowing intensive-care wards and labor-intensive measures to protect against infection: COVID-19 is pushing both healthcare systems and patients to their limits, and that’s now also impacting cancer care. The huge burden on healthcare systems could result in delayed diagnoses and treatment. Add in missed cancer screenings, and the result could be dramatic, potentially costing many lives. Digital solutions will help close this healthcare gap.

Cancer diagnosis numbers deceptively low during lockdown

Will we see a rush on screening centers?

Recognizing changes in breast tissue as early as possible

Dramatically shortening the period of uncertainty

Smart scheduling of available resources

Making preventive medical check-ups routine again

In addition to mammography, three-dimensional imaging in form of tomosynthesis is also a valuable diagnostic tool for detecting abnormalities in the breast at an early stage.


By Andrea Lutz
Andrea Lutz is a journalist and business trainer specialized on medical topics, technology, and healthcare IT. She lives in Nuremberg, Germany.