FDA Approves 3-D Mammography System

February 14, 2011

The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the FDA has approved the first three-dimensional system for breast-cancer screening, "an advance expected to enhance detection while reducing false alarms and needless biopsies." The system was already approved in Europe and has been widely tested at sites in the US, including Penn Medicine. "The average radiologist is going to be better" at spotting breast cancer, said Andrew D.A. Maidment, PhD, FAAPM, chief of Physics in Radiology and associate professor of Radiology. The new technology "is like trying to find a tree in the forest when you can walk through the forest, instead of looking for the tree from the outside... Read More