Breast tomosynthesis: state of the art

Radiologia (Engl Ed). 2019 Jul-Aug;61(4):274-285. doi: 10.1016/j.rx.2019.01.002. Epub 2019 Feb 23.
[Article in English, Spanish]


Breast tomosynthesis is a continually improving tool for diagnostic radiologists. This update about tomosynthesis reviews the advantages of the technique both in patients with suspected or known disease and in screening, as well as its limitations, of which the dose of radiation is the most important. The more recent advent of synthesized mammography, computer-assisted detection, and tomosynthesis-guided biopsy have helped to reduce the dose of radiation used and have improved the diagnostic performance of tomosynthesis, so they are also discussed in this review.

Keywords: Breast cancer screening; Detección precoz del cáncer mama; Digital mammography; Dosis glandular media; Mamografía digital; Mean glandular dose; Tomosynthesis; Tomosíntesis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mammography* / methods