3D Mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection that can be done in conjunction with a traditional 2D digital mammogram. Breast tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue providing improved visibility for the radiologist to see the breast tissue detail in a way not possible before.
Benefits of 3D Mammography
A 3D mammogram is very similar to a traditional mammogram and is performed during the same appointment. There is no additional compression of the breast and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view. Breast tomosynthesis is a technological advance that has been confirmed in recent clinical studies to improve breast cancer detection accuracy both in terms of detecting harder to find cancers and decreasing the number of call backs for patients that do not have breast cancer. This has been particularly applicable to patients with mammographically dense breasts or extremely dense breasts.
Is There More Radiation Dose?
Our site uses the lowest does available for 3D mammography. A very low x-ray energy is used during the exams, just about the same as a standard 2D mammogram, and lower than a traditional film mammogram. The total patient dose is within the FDA safety standards for mammography.
Who Can Have a 3D Mammography Exam?
It is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram, in both screening and diagnostic settings.
Is There an Additional Cost for a 3D Mammogram?
Not all insurance companies are currently covering the cost of 3D mammography and there may be out of pocket expense for the 3D mammogram. That expense will vary based on insurance type and coverage. We encourage patients to verify their benefits with their insurance company prior to their exam.
If you would like more information or are interested in scheduling an appointment, please call (360) 254-4914. You can also learn more online by visiting Society of Breast Imaging.