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3D Mammography Increases Cancer Dection

NEW YORK, NY (CBS) A new study finds that adding three dimensional imaging to mammography testing increases the ability to detect cancer.

Researchers say the results could change the way doctors screen for breast cancer.

The study of nearly half a million women found screening with both 3D imaging and digital mammography detects invasive cancers 41% more often.

Researchers say it's much better than traditional testing alone. With 3D imaging doctors can see cancerous tissue better.

That  also can mean 15% fewer un-necessary follow-up tests because of false alarms.

"I expect 3D to largely replace the standard 2D over time as it becomes more accessible to patients," Dr. Sarah Friedewald, lead author.

There is still controversy on whether early breast cancer detection leads to better outcomes.

MRI testing is still recommended for women who are  at high risk for  breast cancer.

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