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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Capturing a More Accurate Picture of Breast Health

It’s a revolutionary way to perform mammograms: combining traditional mammography with 3D technology to give a more accurate picture of breast health. It’s called digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) and it’s being used for breast cancer screening and diagnosis at Penn.

DBT captures images using traditional X-ray technology moving along a small arc around the breast and recording images at different depths and angles. The images produced have  an unprecedented amount of clarity and detail, reducing the false-positives and false-negatives often associated with traditional 2D mammography. That means less unnecessary imaging, stress and fear for patients. Penn Medicine offers DBT combined with personalized, multidisciplinary care at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine for breast cancer screening.

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