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Tomosynthesis Detects More Breast Cancer in Screening

Tomosynthesis detects 40% more breast cancers than traditional mammography does, according to a major screening study from Lund University, Sweden. This is the first large-scale study to compare the screening method with regular mammograms. The 3D X-ray technique is also more comfortable for women, as breast compression is halved.

A total of 7 500 women aged 40-74 took part in the first half of the study, which formed the basis for the findings.

"We see a change as inevitable. Breast tomosynthesis will be introduced, it is just a question of when and on what scale," explains Sophia Zackrisson and Kristina Lång, radiologists at Skåne University Hospital in Malmö and researchers at Lund University.

Their findings were published in the journal European Radiology.

Breast tomosynthesis is a three-dimensional X-ray technique that makes it easier to detect tumors in breast tissue. The technique works on the same principle as tomography. This means that X-ray images of the breast are acquired from different angles, which can then show multiple thin layers of the breast. This is compared with a traditional mammography, where all the breast tissue is reproduced in a single image, which can hinder the early detection of tumors.

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