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3D Mammography

Tech and patient with 3D mammography machineBreast 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 percent lifetime risk of developing breast cancer (as determined by your physician using a breast cancer risk evaluation tool)
  • Certain patients who have had an abnormal mammogram

Benefits to 3D mammography include:

  • Increase in rate of detection for invasive cancers on screening mammograms by greater than 40%
  • Overall decrease in the need for additional diagnostic workup following a screening mammogram by 15-20%
  • Decreases need for additional diagnostic workup following first (baseline) screening mammogram by 50%

Although 3D mammography may help to reduce the number of callbacks, follow up ultrasounds may be needed.

Routine screening mammograms can now be scheduled online. Diagnostic mammogram appointments must be made by calling 515.244.5109.

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