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Diagnostics 2018, 8(2), 22; https://doi.org/10.3390/diagnostics8020022

Synthesized Mammography: Clinical Evidence, Appearance, and Implementation

Department of Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06412, USA
Received: 30 December 2017 / Revised: 31 March 2018 / Accepted: 2 April 2018 / Published: 4 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Breast Imaging)
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Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has improved conventional mammography by increasing cancer detection while reducing recall rates. However, these benefits come at the cost of increased radiation dose. Synthesized mammography (s2D) has been developed to provide the advantages of DBT with nearly half the radiation dose. Since its F.D.A. approval, multiple studies have evaluated the clinical performance of s2D. In clinical practice, s2D images are not identical to conventional 2D images and are designed for interpretation with DBT as a complement. This article reviews the present literature to assess whether s2D is a practical alternative to conventional 2D, addresses the differences in mammographic appearance of findings, and provides suggestions for implementation into clinical practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: digital breast tomosynthesis; synthesized mammography; screening mammography; breast cancer detection; radiation dose digital breast tomosynthesis; synthesized mammography; screening mammography; breast cancer detection; radiation dose
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