The study focused on how often women are asked to come back for additional testing because of something that was seen on a mammogram image. It showed that the advanced technology reduced call backs due to a questionable finding by 36.6 percent. Other studies have shown that it increases breast cancer detection.
“Three-dimensional mammography is the only method for breast cancer screening that has demonstrated this dual benefit,” said Melissa Durand, MD, an assistant professor of diagnostic radiology at Yale University School of Medicine and one of the study’s authors. The study was published in the January issue of the journal Radiology.
With conventional mammography, images are taken from side to side and top to bottom. The 3D system moves in an arc around the breast taking multiple images. As doctors review the images, they can page through them allowing them to see the structure of the breast more clearly. This makes it easier to identify potential cancers and to determine whether an area of concern is something to be worried about.
“This technology really gives women peace of mind,” said Ella Health Chief Executive Melissa Dyrdahl. “We offer 3D in our centers to all women regardless of their breast density because we believe women should have access to the most advanced and beneficial technology.”