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Emory study finds stereoscopic mammography could reduce recall rate

  • Posted: November 14, 2012

A new three-dimensional (3-D) digital mammography technique has the potential to significantly improve the accuracy of breast cancer screening, according to an Emory University School of Medicine and Winship Cancer Institute study published in Radiology. A novel technique called stereoscopic digital mammography (SDM) mimmicks the way that human eyes work together to form a 3-D image. The technique uses digital mammography equipment that's been modified to allow the X-ray tube to move separately from the cassette. The resulting images are viewed on two monitors mounted one above the other.

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