Adding 3-D imaging to mammography increases detection rate

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A new study finds adding a 3-dimensional breast imaging technique to digital mammography not only increases the cancer detection rate, but also cuts down on the number of women called back for additional imaging, and found more invasive cancers.

Researchers at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital studied data from 13 breast imaging centers.

In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration approved 3-D Imaging to be used in combination with standard digital mammography for breast cancer screening.

Results show a decrease in the number of call-backs, an increase in cancer detection in general, and an increase in more invasive cancers that were sent for biopsy.

Researchers say the success of mammography screening lies in detecting and treating small cancers, with no symptoms, before they spread.

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