3-D Imaging May Cut Unnecessary Breast Biopsies

December 01, 1997

Digital technology that can be adapted to create 3-D images of the breast may help reduce the number of surgical biopsies required by enabling physicians to rule out breast cancer in women with suspicious looking mammograms. Andrew Maidment, Ph.D., assistant professor of radiology and director of radiological imaging physics, Jefferson Medical College, and his colleagues imaged 44 women with abnormal mammograms and correctly ruled out a diagnosis of cancer in 18 of 30 women whose suspicious mammograms were later shown by biopsy to be benign. Of 14 cancers in the group, none was misdiagnosed by the technique.

Thomas Jefferson University

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