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Mammography topics

Future of Breast Cancer Screening with Digital Breast Tomosynthesis

Full-field digital mammography (FFDM) is currently the gold standard in breast cancer screening.1 It delivers high-resolution images of the breast, but it has a limitation that’s inherent to the acquisition method: tissue superimposition. To resolve this issue, in recent years digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has been introduced in clinical practice. It provides 3D information about breast tissue by acquiring images at different angles, and it offers better cancer detection rates.2 DBT has become an established method in the clinical routine, and in the near future it may replace digital mammography as the breast screening modality of choice.

The latest results of clinical trials were presented at a Breast Care Day symposium at the ECR 2019. The studies were analyzed in terms of their effectiveness in population screening, and the remaining knowledge gaps were identified.

What should the future of breast cancer screening with digital breast tomosynthesis look like?

The future of breast cancer screening with DBT is a highly debated topic. There are various factors to be considered. Associate Prof. Dr. Ioannis Sechopoulos (Raboud University Nijmegen/NL) gives an overview of the key parameters for screening programs, with a special emphasis on the role of dose. (ECR, March 2019)

Conclusion from the Malmö Breast Tomosynthesis Screening Trial – a concept for breast screening 

The Malmö Breast Screening Trail focuses on DBT screening performance, effectiveness and reduced reading time. Prof. Dr. Sophia Zackrisson (Lund University, Malmö/Sweden) concludes that 1-view tomosynthesis with minimum compression increases cancer detection and can be feasible in screening. (ECR, March 2019)