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3D Mammography Available in West Des Moines & Downtown

Call 515-875-9500 to schedule your appointment.

Breast tomosynthesis, often referred to as 3D mammography, is a new technology that converts digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers to build a three dimensional view of the breast. It is performed in conjunction with the standard 2D digital mammogram.

Peer-to-peer journals suggest that 3D mammography is most beneficial for women with:

  • Dense breast tissue as shown by a mammographic image
  • Patients with a greater than 20% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer (as determined by your physician using a breast cancer risk evaluation tool)
  • Those who have had an abnormal mammogram

3D mammography is an elective exam which is not covered by insurance.
An additional cost of $40 is due at the time of service.

Frequently Asked Questions:

If I want 3D mammo, can I have it?

  • Yes, but remember it’s an additional $40 due at time of service.

What’s the difference between 2D and 3D?

  • 3D is an elective, additional screening tool that provides a three dimensional view of your breast tissue. It allows the radiologist to view slices (layers) of your breast tissue, rather than one flat image.

Why isn’t it covered by insurance?

  • It’s a fairly new technology, but you’d need to ask your insurance company as to why it’s not yet covered.

Does 3D mammography eliminate call backs?

  • 3D mammography may help reduce call backs, but that’s not always the case.  Call backs with follow up ultrasound may still be needed in certain situations.

Is it more radiation?

  • There is slightly more radiation with 3D mammography.