June 24, 2014 — Adding digital breast tomosynthesis to mammography screening boosts the detection of invasive cancer by more than a third compared to mammography alone while reducing the number of false positives by 15%, according to a study in the June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The research addresses a few of what critics call mammography’s harms, such as the potential for overdiagnosis and anxiety caused by recalls — although it’s not clear that women themselves consider these to be barriers to screening, lead author Dr. Sarah Friedewald of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL, told AuntMinnie.com.
“It’s frustrating to have people tell women that they’re suffering because of false positives — that they can’t handle the anxiety,” she said. “In general, the women I encounter in my practice are willing to go through some discomfort in order to be proactive about their breast health.”
3D mammography (tomosynthesis) is performed by DIS at our Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie. We are the only independently-owned outpatient imaging provider in Louisiana that offers this breakthrough technology. DIS is the only alternative for women who do not want to go to the hospital for this breast screening and diagnostic exam. Better detection. Fewer callbacks for additional images. Higher confidence for the radiologists when reading the studies. Those are the advantages offered with 3D mammography at DIS.