Digital breast tomosynthesis spot compression view may assist characterize equivocal findings

In line with an article in ARRS’ American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) spot compression view may assist characterize equivocal DBT findings, thus decreasing additional workup for benign findings.

Noting that DBT spot compression elevated each intrareader and interreader settlement and improved diagnostic accuracy, primarily from improved specificity, “the view’s supplemental dose was barely increased than that of a normal DBT view,” corresponding creator Foucauld Chamming’s of Institut BergoniĆ© in Bordeaux, France acknowledged.

The all-French crew’s retrospective research included 102 girls (imply age, 60 years) for whom a DBT spot compression was acquired to characterize an equivocal discovering on DBT (through the performing radiologist’s discretion) from December 14, 2018 to December 18, 2019. Acutely aware of the equivocal lesions’ location, two fellowship-trained breast radiologists and one breast imaging fellow independently reviewed all examinations-;assigning an preliminary BI-RADS class utilizing customary DBT views, instantly adopted by a class utilizing DBT spot compression.

Primarily based on kappa coefficients for DBT with and with out spot compression views, intrareader settlement elevated from 0.43 to 0.72, and interreader settlement elevated from 0.21 to 0.45. Moreover, for all three readers, DBT spot compression views yielded considerably elevated accuracy, in addition to considerably elevated specificity.

Including that their research is the primary to guage the affect of acquiring DBT spot compression for equivocal findings on DBT, “the outcomes help the utility of spot compression views for aiding analysis of delicate or ambiguous findings encountered on DBT in scientific follow,” the authors of this AJR article concluded.


American Roentgen Ray Society

Journal reference:

Deleau, F., et al. (2022) Influence of Acquiring a Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) Spot Compression View on Evaluation of Equivocal DBT Findings. American Journal of Roentgenology.

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