New 3-D technologies may be able to improve the accuracy of breast cancer scans and resolve some of the controversy around screening, according to NBC News.

It has been argued that mammography could be doing more harm than good because of the many false positives that send women for biopsies of lesions that often turn out to be harmless.

The new screening method, as published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, resulted in 15 perfect fewer call-backs for additional imaging, while at the same time spotting more tiny, aggressive and potentially fatal tumors. The study suggests that doctors may one day be able to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions without the need for a biopsy.

“It allows us to peel away the layers and see underlying lesions that might be obscured by other tissue,” said Dr. Sarah Friedewald, co-medical director of the Caldwell Breast Center. “You can think of regular mammography as showing a closed book. With 3-D you are able to page through the book one page at a time without other information superimposed.” Read the full article here:

Breast Cancer Breakthrough? 3D Mammograms Offer Sharper Results

On the heels of discussions questioning the utility of mammograms, this is great news. Ask your doctor about a 3-D mammogram.

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