What is 3D Mammography?

Unlike conventional 2D mammography, which takes a static image of the top and side of your breast, 3D mammography takes 15 low-dose pictures from multiple angles.  With computer processing, these “slices” are pieced together into a 3D study that a radiologist can manipulate. Now, instead of reviewing just a flat image, doctors can view your entire breast tissue one millimeter at a time.  Fine details are more clearly visible because they are no longer hidden by the tissue above and below.

Research has shown that with this advanced technology, radiologists are able to improve breast cancer detection by 20% while reducing call-backs for additional testing by 40%

Who would benefit from 3D Mammography?

Literature shows that ALL breast types benefit from 3D mammography, though we believe women with dense breast tissue, breast cancer survivors, and those with a genetic predisposition to breast cancer will benefit the most.

Is 3D mammography covered by my insurance?

The FDA approved 3D mammography in February 2011.  Because this technology is still fairly new, reimbursement rates are currently not available.  We are offering this technology to patients with no additional out of pocket expense as compared to traditional 2D mammography.

What is the experience like?

The experience is nearly identical to the typical 2D digital mammogram, with the same positions and compression required.  For each of the four mammographic views, it takes an additional four seconds for the device to sweep above the breast in a slight arc and take the additional 15 low-dose pictures.

How does the radiation dose compare to traditional 2D exam?

The procedure is performed along with 2D mammogram, so there is a minimal amount of additional radiation. However, the dose is well below federal limits for a screening mammogram and is similar to a conventional film-screen mammography.  Since 3D imaging can markedly reduce the need for additional mammographic call-backs, the overall radiation dose will actually be decreased in some women.