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New Breast Cancer Screening Method Catches Way More Tumors Than Mammography

New Breast Cancer Screening Method Catches Way More Tumors Than Mammography

May 13, 2015 @ 4:46 pm
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New Breast Cancer Screening Method Catches Way More Tumors Than Mammography

 |  By Macrina Cooper-Whit

Since the 1960’s, mammography has proven to be an invaluable tool in screening for breast cancer, spotting the disease before women show any symptoms.

Now, a new large-scale study shows that a 3-D screening method called digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is significantly better at detecting the potentially fatal disease. It’s also less painful than mammography — the breast doesn’t have to be compressed as much — and exposes women to less radiation.

“Our study is unique since it is the only population-based trial that investigates breast tomosynthesis alone compared to mammography, and our first results are really striking,” Dr. Sophia Zackrisson, a radiologist at Lund University in Sweden and one of the researchers behind the new study, says in a video describing the research (above).

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