3-D Mammography Finds More Invasive Cancers and Reduces Unnecessary Recalls, JAMA Study Shows

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Dr. Lora Barke, a breast radiologist and medical director of the Invision Sally Jobe Breast Network, recently co-authored the largest 3-D mammography study to date. The study, which includes data from Invision Sally Jobe as well as 12 other centers nationwide, looked at nearly half a million mammograms and is published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). When tomosynthesis is used in addition to digital screening mammography, the study found:

  • 41% increase in invasive cancer detected
  • 15% decrease in unnecessary callbacks for false alarms
  • 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers

"This study confirms what we already know: 3-D mammography finds more of the invasive, harmful cancers we want found and saves women the anxiety and cost of having additional screenings for what turns out to be a false alarm. Most importantly, it saves lives," said Barke. "We are proud to be part of such an important study that improves the quality of breast care in our community."

Invision Sally Jobe was the first breast center in Colorado to offer 3-D mammography as part of an early clinical trial of tomosynthesis in 2009 and remains the region’s foremost expert on this powerful screening technique.

To learn more about the study, please see read our press release. To learn more about tomosynthesis, visit our page on digital breast tomosynthesis.