Tomosynthesis (DBT, or 3D Mammography) cuts recall rates

Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) cuts the number of recalls in a subset of women vulnerable to higher recall rates: those who have never had a prior mammogram, according to a new study in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Baseline mammography studies tend to have significantly higher recall rates than those with available comparisons, so using DBT in this population could be a way to maximize the technology’s benefits, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania wrote. In fact, matching DBT’s strengths to specific patient populations is a crucial “best practice” skill in an environment of decreasing reimbursement and limited resources for implementing new technologies (AJR, November 2015, Vol. 205:5, pp. 1143-1148).



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