2D/3D Screening and Diagnostic Mammography
We’re excited to let you know that we offer 3D mammography. This extraordinary technology lets WIS radiologists see breast tissue in a way never before possible. Learn more about 3D mammograms and why they are one of the most important advancements in breast cancer detection in over 30 years.
What is 3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)?
3D captures multiple slices of breast images, all at different angles. The images are brought together to create crystal-clear 3D reconstruction of the breast. The radiologist is then able to review the reconstruction, one thin slice at a time, almost like turning pages in a book. That makes it easier for doctors to see if there’s anything to be concerned about. And, there’s less chance for a cancer to hide behind overlapping tissue. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97%.
What to expect during your exam
A 3D mammography exam is very similar to a traditional mammogram. Just as with a digital mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast under a paddle and take images from different angles. A 3D mammography exam may be used as a screening tool in conjunction with a traditional digital mammogram or may be used by itself for a diagnostic mammogram.
During the 3D mammography part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple breast images in just seconds. The radiologist is then able to view your breast tissue in one-millimeter layers. Instead of viewing all the complexities of your breast tissue in one flat image, the doctor can examine the tissue one page or “slice” at a time.
There is no additional compression required with 3D mammography, and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view. The ARRT registered technologist will view the images at their computer workstation to ensure they have captured adequate images for view by the radiologist, who studies them and reports the results.
Why is a yearly
Mammography can show an abnormality up to two years before it could be felt by yourself or a physician. The American College of Radiology (ACR) recommends having a yearly mammogram, beginning at age 40 for women at average risk of breast cancer.
Battling breast cancer is best through early detection when the cancers are the most curable and breast-conservation therapies are available.
How do I prepare for
my mammogram appointment?
Please remember to bring your order and insurance card with you on the day of your appointment. You may be asked to remove jewelry or eye glasses that might interfere with the x-ray.
You should ALWAYS inform your doctor if there is even a possibility of you being pregnant. You should not wear deodorant, powder, lotion, or perfume under your arms or on your breast on the day of the exam.
Frequently Asked Questions
Now that 3D mammography is available at our facility, you may have some questions. We’ve prepared this short Q&A to address concerns you may have.
What is a 3D Mammogram?
Why is there a need for tomosynthesis breast exams? What are the benefits?
What is the difference between a screening and diagnostic mammogram?
What should I expect during the 3D mammography exam?
Is there more radiation dose?
Who can have a 3D mammography exam?
It is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram, in both the screening and diagnostic settings