3-D mammography cuts need for biopsy: study

No invasive cancers were missed when used for women recalled after screening

Using 3-D mammography as the follow-up assessment of women with abnormal mammograms could halve the number needing biopsies, while still detecting all invasive cancers, a UK study suggests.

3-D breast scan image

As in Australia, Britain’s breast cancer screening program uses full-field digital mammography rather than the newer digital breast tomography (DBT) technique that produces a 3-D image of the breast.

The researchers wanted to find out whether using DBT for women recalled after their screening scan would reduce the