Digital Breast Tomosynthesis - RAD16

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis

by Olive Peart, MS, RT(R)(M)
(4.7 / 500 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Radiologic Technology (1.00 CE Credit)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Despite the multiple advantages of digital imaging technology, the inherent disadvantages of mammography imaging have not disappeared. In mammography imaging, cancer is visualized as a white area within the background density of the breast. The sensitivity of the system will, therefore, depend on breast density, patient age, or patient hormone status. Mammography also tends to understate the multifocality of a lesion, and inadequate compression and poor positioning will affect interpretation. Therefore, 2-D imaging is not 100% effective as an imaging tool; it is limited by tissue superimposition. These overlapping tissues can mask or mimic tumors, leading to false-negative or false-positive reports. To minimize the disadvantages of 2-D imaging, the concept of 3-D imaging, or digital breast tomosynthesis, was incorporated in breast screening and diagnostic workups.


3-D mammography is fast becoming the modality of choice when imaging the breast. The technology is easy to use with a minimum learning curve for technologists already familiar with 2-D digital mammography imaging. This course will compare the various 3-D options available and describe the advantages and disadvantages of this new technology. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of 2-D and 3-D breast-cancer screening
  • Discuss breast cancer screening using tomosynthesis techniques
  • Identify differences between tomosynthesis techniques

Approval Information
This course is intended for imaging and radiation therapists.
This activity is approved for Category A continuing education credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 08/01/2017 to 09/01/2020.
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.

Course Originally Released on: 9/29/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/29/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Ashlee M - Torrington, WY  ·  Oct 08, 2019
Very informative and well written!
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Laurel A - Lakeland , FL  ·  Oct 06, 2019
great information thanks loved it
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Johnny D - Bedford, TX  ·  Sep 30, 2019
excellent format and delivery
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Reagon T - Denton, TX  ·  Sep 30, 2019
It was really good to go over the material again.
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Melissa S - Fort Worth, TX  ·  Sep 29, 2019
Thank you for providing your readers with a very detailed information! I look forward to other reading material!
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Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00