According to a new study, 3-D mammograms may be better at detecting invasive tumors and avoiding false alarms than regular mammograms alone. Researchers studied data from 13 U.S. hospitals and found that 3D screenings increased breast cancer detection rates more than 40 percent.
The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, also show a 15 percent decrease in women who had to return for further testing. Right now, 3D mammograms are not covered by most insurance companies and typically cost an extra $50 – $100. Researchers are hoping that will change in the future. Doctors involved with the study say, after years of a one-size-fits-all approach, these findings could lead to more tailored recommendations for women.
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