Digital breast tomosynthesis is an exciting new advancement in the field of breast imaging. Instead of taking only a two 2D views of the breast, tomosynthesis takes multiple slices in one imaging session, allowing for a 3D view of the breast. This will allow radiologists to better visualize lesions that may have been obscured by dense breast tissue on 2D mammography, and will allow for better and more accurate diagnosis. Tomosynthesis has already been shown to cut breast exam recall rates in clinical studies.
MagView & Tomosynthesis
Many of the large academic centers that use MagView have also been involved in the clinical trials for tomosynthesis. As such, MagView has had early exposure to the coming changes that would be needed to support reporting on a tomosynthesis exam. Though very similar to mammography in the types of findings that present, there are some key differences that are necessary to accurately create a structured tomosynthesis report.
Tomosynthesis Reporting in MagView
A number of key features have been made available within MagView to support our customers that are now incorporating tomosynthesis into their practices. Some of the changes include:
- The ability to have a separate or additional technique section or statement in the report to note that tomosynthesis was used
- The ability to use BI-RADS standard descriptors or additional descriptors to describe findings
- The ability to note the slice that a finding is best visualized on, including projection and slice number or range of slices
- The ability to flag a finding as “seen on tomosynthesis only” to allow that to be noted in the report and/or used for clinical research into lesions that only present on tomosynthesis (and not the standard 2D projections)