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 mammogram. 3D mammography is most beneficial for women with:
- Dense breast tissue per mammographic image
- Patients with a greater than 20% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer per risk evaluation
- Certain patients who have had an abnormal mammogram
3D mammography is slightly higher in radiation than the standard 2D mammogram. Although 3D mammography may help to reduce the amount of call backs, there will still be call backs with follow up ultrasounds if needed.
Digital mammography is superior at detecting breast cancer. During a mammogram a low-dose x-ray is taken to produce detailed images of the breast allowing the radiologist to look for changes in breast tissue that cannot be felt during a breast exam. A certified mammography technologist will take the x-ray images of the breast and a board-certified radiologist will examine the images to look for lumps and calcifications. A report will be issued to your primary healthcare provider and a letter will be sent to you summarizing the results. Should further evaluation be necessary, you will be contacted either by medical imaging or your primary care provider.
- Digital Screening and Diagnostic Mammography
- Computer Aided Detection
- Breast Ultrasound/Biopsy/MRI
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
- Contrast Enhanced Spectral Mammography