Good news for millions of women who will have mammograms this year. A June 2014 JAMA study found that 3D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis, decreases recall rate and increases cancer detection rate. Using 3D mammography systems, the study was the largest to date involving 139 doctors from 13 U.S. academic and community-based sites performing a total of 454,850 examinations (281,187 conventional mammograms compared to 173,663 3D mammography exams). While more hospitals are installing 3D mammogram equipment, it’s not available everywhere, and the study’s researchers hope their work will draw attention, increasing access to it.
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