The role of digital breast tomosynthesis in the breast assessment clinic: a review

Suneeta Mall, Sarah Lewis, Patrick Brennan, Jennie Noakes, Claudia Mello-Thoms
2017 Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences  
Mammography has long been considered as the primary technique in breast cancer detection and assessment. Despite low specificity, mammography has been preferred over other contemporary techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and ultrasonography (US) due to superior sensitivity and significant health economic benefits. The development of a new technique, a limited angle cone beam pseudo-three-dimensional tomosynthesis, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), has
more » ... gained momentum. Several preliminary studies and ongoing trials are showing evidence of the benefits of DBT in improving lesion visibility, accuracy of cancer detection and observer performance. This raises the possibility of adoption of DBT in the breast cancer assessment clinic, wherein confirming or dismissing the presence of malignancy (at the potential site identified during screening) is of utmost importance. Identification of suspected malignancy in terms of lesion characteristics and location is also essential in assessment. In this literature review, we evaluate the role of DBT for use in breast cancer assessment and its future in biopsy.
doi:10.1002/jmrs.230 pmid:28374502 pmcid:PMC5587657 fatcat:6gnuyqb3fjhbzldkfitxnhsi3u