1567 - Digital breast tomosynthesis

Page last updated: 09 September 2019

Application Detail

Description of Medical Service

Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) produces a 3D image of the breast by using several x-rays obtained at different angles.

Description of Medical Condition

In 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 Application

New MBS item(s)

Medical Service Type


Previous Application Number

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form

Application Form (PDF 1298 KB)
Application Form (Word 87 KB)

Consultation Survey

Consultation Survey (PDF 489 KB)
Consultation Survey (Word 68 KB)

PICO Confirmation

PICO Confirmation (PDF 2361 KB)
PICO Confirmation (Word 2049 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document

MSAC, 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.

Meetings for this Application


11 April 2019