TOMMY Trial: A comparison of TOMosynthesis with digital MammographY in the UK NHS Breast Screening Programme
Tomosynthesis (DBT) is a newly developed three dimensional (3D) imaging technique that has the potential to improve the accuracy of mammography by reducing interference from breast tissue overlap and facilitating differentiation between malignant and non malignant features. The aim of this study is to assess whether DBT could improve upon digital mammography (FFDM) as a screening tool, particularly in certain groups of women e.g. those with a family history of breast cancer, or women with dense breasts. Six UK NHS Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP) centres are participating in the study which aims to recruit around 9,000 participants. Women (aged 47-73) who have been recalled to an assessment clinic following abnormal screening mammography and women (aged 40-49) with a family history of breast cancer attending annual mammography, will undergo both a standard digital mammogram and DBT imaging. The diagnostic accuracy of the two sets of images will be compared in an independent retrospective reading study.
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Paula Willsher – Research Radiographer