3-D Mammography Appears to Improve Breast Cancer Detection Rate And Decrease False Positive Readings

Adding a newer test to digital mammograms can increase the detection rate for breast cancer and decrease nerve-racking false alarms, according to a new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, otherwise known as JAMA.

As reported in The New York Times:

Millions of women will get the newer test, tomosynthesis, this year. The procedure is nearly identical to a routine mammogram, except that in mammography the machine is stationary, while in tomosynthesis it moves around the breast. Sometimes called 3-D mammography, the test takes many X-rays at different angles to create a three-dimensional image of the breast.

Watch Johns Hopkins breast imaging expert Dr. Susan Harvey explain 3D mammography, or tomosynthesis, and discuss the benefits of this new breast cancer screening tool.

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