3D Mammogram Improves Detection By 41%, Drastically Lowers False Positives
The National Cancer Institute estimates that this year alone, more than 235,000 people who call the United States home will develop breast cancer. Sadly a large amount of them will not find out about their disease until after their condition has worsened. Breast cancer only displays symptoms after it has spread. Far too often, by the time the symptoms appear the disease is at a stage where it is difficult to treat.
Early detection is the key. Today women have the option of something more powerful than a regular mammogram. Many are opting for a new technology known as 3D mammography. This 3D technology creates a three-dimensional image of the breast and can improve the detection of breast cancer.
Since 1969, mammography has been used to detect breast cancer, but it still comes with limitations included giving patients false positive or false negative results. Today, combining 3D mammography with standard mammography detection is improved and it reduces the number of false positives and negatives. Often times. false results bring a patient back for further tests or even biopsies that may not have been necessary.
During a study on 3D mammagraphy, researchers discovered that when compared with ordinary mammograms, combining both digital mammography and tomosynthesis, improved detection of invasive cancer by 41%. Researchers also say that the method is directly linked to a 15% drop in patients who were asked to return for further testing.
One of the researchers in the study wrote, "Addition of tomosynthesis to digital mammography was associated with a decrease in recall rate and an increase in cancer detection rate. Further studies are needed to assess the relationship to clinical outcomes."
The Food and Drug Administration approved tomosynthesis over three years ago. The new technology is changing the way doctors screen women and is giving those women a better chance for early detection.
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