Latest news:

June 25, 2014:
New JAMA study shows that 3D mammograms are better at detecting tumors and reducing recalls for false positives.


Patient Outcomes:

What has yet to be revealed in studies relative to 3-D mammography is whether there are better outcomes for patients vis a vis survival rates and recurrence of cancer following detection. This will need to be a major question which, if positive, could justify the cost of the three dimensional imaging devices.

How Can Tomosynthesis Help With Breast Cancer Detection?

Three dimensional breast cancer imaging.

3D MammographyBreast Tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, is a brand new tool in the fight against Breast Cancer. By using digital imaging and three dimensional graphics, doctors an move beyond the traditional 2D mammogram and find potential tumors that might otherwise have been missed. Additionally, digital imaging allows for mammograms to be sent virtually to specialists around the world, which can help reduce medical costs and bring breast cancer detection and prevention to places where it may otherwise have been unavailable.

Prior to June of 2014 there were only two studies, done in Europe, regarding the effectiveness of tomosynthesis but now a major study involving over four hundred and fifty thousand mammograms, both three dimensional and standard, shows that there are fewer recalls for false positives, plus there are more tumors detected using the new technology. This could be a major impetus for women's healthcare providers to invest in the equipment that is going to be requested. The technology is also apparently more effective where dense breast tissue is concerned, so appointments for use of the imaging equipment may be more desirable. Currently, the costs of 3-d mammography are higher and may involve a surcharge, versus free mammograms under many medical plans and health care accounts.

Notes and Special Information

Special note: Only your doctor can tell you if a 3-D mammogram is a better solution than regular mammography in your case. If you have implants, dense tissue, or a history of cancers, then you may not benefit.