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Health.com: 9 Big Breast Cancer Breakthroughs for 2013

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There's a new, 3-D version of digital mammography, called digital breast tomosynthesis, which can detect more invasive cancers than its 2-D forerunner because it produces a more complete image, particularly for women with dense breast tissue. Though 3-D screening isn't covered by most insurance yet, "I'm guessing that will change in the next few years as the technology becomes more widely available," says John Huff, MD, chief of breast imaging at the Vanderbilt University Breast Center. "It's going to prove to be a powerful technique."

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