Comparison of Narrow-angle and Wide-angle Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Systems in Clinical Practice

Andrea M. Winter, Linda Moy, Yiming Gao, Debbie L. Bennett

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Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is a pseudo 3D mammography imaging technique that has become widespread since gaining Food and Drug Administration approval in 2011. With this technology, a variable number of tomosynthesis projection images are obtained over an angular range between 15° and 50° for currently available clinical DBT systems. The angular range impacts various aspects of clinical imaging, such as radiation dose, scan time, and image quality, including visualization of calcifications, masses, and architectural distortion. This review presents an overview of the differences between narrow- and wide-angle DBT systems, with an emphasis on their applications in clinical practice. Comparison examples of patients imaged on both narrow- and wide-angle DBT systems illustrate these differences. Understanding the potential variable appearance of imaging findings with narrow- and wide-angle DBT systems is important for radiologists, particularly when comparison images have been obtained on a different DBT system. Furthermore, knowledge about the comparative strengths and limitations of DBT systems is needed for appropriate equipment selection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-255
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Breast Imaging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021


  • angular range
  • digital breast tomosynthesis
  • narrow angle
  • optimization
  • wide angle


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