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Adding 3D imaging to mammography improves breast cancer detection

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 25 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4248
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Combining a three dimensional breast imaging technique with digital mammography improves detection of cancers and reduces the number of women called back for further imaging, according to a US study comparing nearly half a million breast examinations.1

Screening mammography has helped improve the detection of breast cancers but has been criticised for having limited sensitivity, a high rate of false positive results, and overdiagnosing clinically unimportant lesions.

Tomosynthesis provides a 3D image of the breast from an …

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