Tomosynthesis as a screening tool for breast cancer: A systematic review

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Background Mammography is an important screening tool for reducing breast cancer mortality. Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) can potentially be integrated with mammography to aid in cancer detection. Method Using the PRISMA guidelines, a systematic review of current literature was conducted to identify issues relating to the use of tomosynthesis as a screening tool together with mammography. Findings Using tomosynthesis with digital mammography (DM) increases breast cancer detection, reduces recall rates and increases the positive predictive value of those cases recalled. Invasive cancer detection is significantly improved in tomosynthesis compared to mammography, and has improved success for women with heterogeneous or extremely dense breasts. Conclusion Tomosynthesis reduces some limitations of mammography at the time of screening that until recently were most often addressed by ultrasound at later work-up. Tomosynthesis can potentially be adopted alongside mammography as a screening tool.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e190-e195
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


  • Breast cancer
  • Mammography
  • Radiography
  • Screening
  • Systematic review
  • Tomosynthesis

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