3-D Mammograms Beat Out 2-D Technology

Another study confirms that 3-D mammograms are more effective in detecting breast cancer.

Doctor reviewing mammogram

Breast cancer detection is better with 3-D mammograms, according to a new study in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Scientists compared the efficacy of breast cancer screening between 3-D mammograms and 2-D mammogram technology. They found an increase in cancer detection — especially in invasive cancers — as well as lower recall rates using the 3-D mammograms.

Stephen L. Rose, M.D., a well-known radiologist in Houston, Texas, led the research. His study found that those exposed to the 3-D mammograms had a 53 percent increase in the detection of invasive cancers. It also resulted in a 37 percent decrease of being called back for additional testing due to an inconclusive initial test.

The study aligns with two large-scale European studies which also found higher cancer detection rates and lowered recalls with the 3-D technology.

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