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3-D mammogram scans may find more breast cancer

June 24, 2014 • Business


This undated combination provided by Hologic shows an image taken using conventional mammography, left, and an image using a 3D mammography, right, with a tumor circled that wasn’t visible on the first image. A large study that was published Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that adding breast screening with 3D imaging to conventional digital mammograms is slightly better at finding cancer than regular scans alone, with fewer false alarms. (AP Photo/Courtesy Hologic)

CHICAGO (AP) — 3-D mammograms may be better at finding cancer than regular scans, a large study suggests, although whether that means saving more lives isn’t known.

The study involved almost half a million breast scans, with more than one-third of them using relatively new 3-D imaging along with conventional scans. The rest used regular mammograms alone.

The 3-D scan combo detected one additional cancer per 1,000 scans, compared with conventional digital mammograms. There were also 15 percent fewer false alarms — meaning fewer initially suspicious scan Login to read more

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