2013 could be called the Year of 3-D Mammography — just like the last three years. For the fourth year in a row, digital breast tomosynthesis was named the "hottest clinical procedure" by AuntMinnie.com readers and editors.
Digital breast tomosynthesis made the news in 2013 as well, when a study in Radiology found that it reduces breast cancer recall rates.
Another study found that a combination of 3-D and 2-D screening increases breast cancer detection.
It's also been a big year for Hologic, the leading manufacturer of breast tomosynthesis systems. The company was named "Best in KLAS" for its 3-D Dimensions system. The awards are based on customer satisfaction and consistent success. The system also received the highest rating out of the 140 products evaluated.
This is the second consecutive year that Hologic mammography systems were given the top three spots in the digital mammography category, and the fourth year in a row that a Hologic mammography system earned the highest ranking in the digital mammography category.
"In the past year, the adoption rate of 3D mammography has increased dramatically as several large clinical studies validated the benefits of this groundbreaking technology," said David Harding, Hologic Group vice president, women's health. "We believe Hologic's 3D mammography is well on its way to becoming the standard of care in breast cancer screening. Recognitions such as these reinforce what we have known since we first introduced the technology — 3D mammography can detect cancers earlier when a woman's potential for successful treatment is at its greatest and can significantly reduce unnecessary patient recalls."