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Should Breast Cancer Screening For Women Younger Than 50 Include DBT And Mammography?April 10, 2018

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For patients under the age of 50, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) in addition to digital mammography is associated with a decrease in recall rates, according to a new study published by the American Journal of Roentgenology. DBT was also associated with increased cancer detection rates in women from that same age group with dense breast tissue.

“Women younger than 50 years old are more likely than older women to have heterogeneously or extremely dense tissue,” wrote Stephen L. Rose, MD, and Julie L. Shisler of Solis Mammography in Addison, Texas. “Increased breast density can lead to later diagnosis of breast cancer, with potentially larger tumor burden and poorer prognosis. To determine whether digital mammography with tomosynthesis improves screening mammography effectiveness, we designed our study to specifically evaluate screening performance metrics for digital mammography alone compared with combined digital mammography and tomosynthesis for women younger than 50 years old in a community-based mammography screening practice.” Read the full article in Radiology Business.