Description of Medical ServiceDigital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) produces a 3D image of the breast by using several x-rays obtained at different angles.
Description of Medical ConditionIn the diagnostic/symptomatic setting, DBT is used to investigate breast conditions such as inflammation/infection, benign/malignant neoplasms amd trauma. In the screening asymptomatic setting, it is used to detect unsuspected cancer.
Reason for ApplicationNew MBS item(s)
Medical Service TypeInvestigative
Previous Application NumberNot Applicable
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Public Summary DocumentMSAC, in conjunction with the applicant, requested that Application 1567 – Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT or 3D mammography) be placed on hold.
MSAC has referred this application to the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) for a Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research grant opportunity. The MRFF provides an opportunity to support research that addresses questions that focus on the comparative effectiveness of health services and areas of health system practice with low or insubstantial evidence.
MSAC will review the research when it becomes available.