SALT LAKE CITY, May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A newly awarded U.S. Patent will protect TechniScan, Inc's., (OTC Bulletin Board: TSNI) novel way to image, biopsy and treat breast cancer.

U.S. Patent 7,699,783 B2 titled "Method for Imaging and Treating a Breast" covers the company's design of a 3-D, Warm Bath Ultrasound™ system that images while a woman lies prone on a table with her breast comfortably immersed in a warm water, state-of-the art scanning system.

Since she is lying on a table with her breast through an opening, the breast is in a pendant, uncompressed position that allows for a true three-dimensional image to be constructed.  

"Imaging of the non-compressed pendant breast, similar to positioning for breast MRI, provides reproducible, 3-D anatomically accurate detail," said Yuri Parisky, M.D., medical imaging director at Mammoth Hospital in Calif. "It is the ideal position to image the breast."

A vital element of the new patent is the table design of the Warm Bath Ultrasound™ (WBU™) system, which rises above the water bath tank after the scan. This functionality has three key benefits: The woman remains on the same table for diagnostics and treatment, it maintains the known position of the tumor or lesion and allows the three-dimensional image to be utilized to guide treatment instruments.

"In essence, our WBU system provides a 3-D navigational map of the breast, and this could be useful to breast surgeons, radiologists and oncologists," said Barry Hanover, chief operating officer at TechniScan and one of the inventors of the system. "The fact that our table can also be raised, with the breast maintain