FDA approves first 3D X-ray mammography machine
Feb 11, 2011
On February 11, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it approved a 3D X-ray mammography machine, the first of its kind, for the screening of breast cancer disease, reported the LA Times.
The machine is called the Selenia Dimensions System and is manufactured by Hologic Incorporated, a Bedford, Massachusetts-based manufacturer and supplier specializing in digital mammography and breast cancer-related equipment.
According to the FDA, doctors were able to better identity cancerous cases in potential breast cancer patients by using both 2D and 3D imagining, compared to those who only used 2D imagining.
The accuracy rate in detection was about seven percent higher for radiologists who included 3D images.
The new 3D X-ray mammography device could reduce the number of cases in which women have to undergo multiple screenings to determine whether or not they have breast cancer.
One in eight women in industrialized countries are likely to develop breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Regular mammography screenings are one of the ways to prevent breast cancer development through early detection.