3D Mammography Available in West Des Moines & Downtown
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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.