Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
Tomosynthesis- a tricky word to pronounce but an important word to understand! Also called three-dimensional (3D) mammography, tomosynthesis is an advanced form of breast imaging that uses low-dose x-rays and computer reconstructions to create three-dimensional images of the breasts. This provides a clearer, more detailed picture for the radiologist to look for abnormalities.
Screening mammography with breast tomosynthesis has been shown to reduce false-positive rates in women of all breast densities. The greatest reductions in recall rates are in women with dense breast tissue. However, women with non-dense breasts also benefit from significantly better cancer detection and significantly fewer false-positive findings when tomosynthesis is used.
At Connecticut Breast Imaging, all patients are offered screening with digital breast tomosynthesis, regardless of age or breast density. This helps decrease the rates of unnecessary callbacks and aids in detecting cancers earlier and more accurately.
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