Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) Now Favored More Than 40% of Hospital Referral Regions as a Breast Cancer Screening Technique

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Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) is now the predominant mode of breast cancer screening in 41.8% of hospital referral regions. DBT is an advanced form of mammography that uses low-dose x-rays to detect cancer early. This technology seems to have lower recall rates and higher cancer-detection rates than a standard two-dimensional mammography. However, some of these machines have higher radiation doses. 

Not all hospital regions have this technology available. The technology is growing rapidly in the Northeast and Northwest, but referral regions in the Southeast have a slower growth rate of using this technology. The cost of equipment for radiologists and cost to the patient as not every insurance plan would cover DBT are barriers to adoption. 

Read the full story from Medscape.

 

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