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  • Einstein Part of Study That Shows 3D Mammography Finds More Invasive Cancers and Reduces Unnecessary Recalls

    Published: 06/24/2014


     Dr. Debra Somers Copit, MD, FACR, Director of Breast Imaging, Einstein Healthcare Network Associate Professor of Radiology, Jefferson Medical College, co-authored largest 3D study to date of nearly half a million women

    3D Mammography finds significantly more invasive cancers and reduces unnecessary recalls, according to a large, retrospective study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study features data from Einstein Healthcare Network.

    The study, led by Dr. Sarah Friedewald at Advocate Lutheran Hospital in Park Ridge, Il, focused on the impact of 3D mammography at a diverse range of sites across the U.S. The study looked at nearly half a million mammograms.
    Key Findings:

    • 41% increase in invasive cancer detected with 3D mammography
    • 15% decrease in unnecessary recalls for false alarms
    • A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers

    “Having worked with digital breast tomosynthesis at Einstein since 2009, I have seen first-hand the benefits it offers our patients,” said Dr. Copit. “But, I needed the data from a larger cohort to validate our own findings. The results of this study support what we have experienced. Digital breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammograms, as it is more commonly known, truly is an advancement in the field of mammography and it is my hope that the study will encourage others to recognize the importance of this technology.”

    Einstein is one of the nation’s first centers to supplement 2-D mammograms with 3D imaging and automated breast ultrasound – both recently approved by the FDA as a proven way to catch more cancers earlier.

    The new 3D imaging technology, known as digital breast tomosynthesis:

    *Takes multiple low-dose images at different angles and displays them in thin multiple layers – just like a loaf of sliced bread

    *Lets our radiologists look at smaller areas and see "through" breast tissue better than a 2-D mammogram

    *Reduces the number of false-positive results and the need to come back for further testing

    Women see little difference between a conventional 2D mammogram and a 3D mammogram. The exam takes just a few seconds longer and the positioning is the same. The real difference is in the information available to the doctor.

    Einstein Healthcare Network has offered 3D mammography since 2009.

    The study was published in advance of print on the JAMA website: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/journal.aspx

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