Dr. Smith of the American Cancer Society and Dr. Harness discuss the advantages and disadvantages of 3D mammography, also called tomosynthesis.
“One of the real advantages of 3D mammography is that it rules out abnormalities that on a conventional mammogram would look abnormal,” says Dr. Smith. “The breast, as we all know, is soft tissue and when we compress it we fold that tissue in ways that it appears as if an abnormality is there.” This is a big advantage because it can eliminate the need for a biopsy. There are downfalls of 3D mammography as well. One being that, compared to MRI, it doesn’t offer benefits to women with dense breast tissue. Watch this video to learn more.