What are 3D Mammograms?

Published on: February 13, 2014

Most women know just how important a role mammograms play in the preventative screening for and early detection of breast cancer. What you may not be aware of, though, are the new developments in mammogram technology which are actively improving breast cancer screening in terms of efficiency and effectiveness. With breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammograms, your radiologist can get a more thorough image of breast tissue. With this more in-depth imaging comes a reduced chance of callbacks, greater peace of mind for women and less worry about undetected, abnormal cell growth.

What’s Different About 3D Mammograms?

As a patient, you probably won’t notice anything different about your experience with a breast tomosynthesis procedure. It’s performed at the same time as your standard digital mammogram, with the same scanner. It won’t add to the amount of time you spend having the test conducted, or alter the experience in any noticeable way.

For your radiologist, however, the difference is significant. Some medical professionals have reported up to a 40% increase in early detections, while unnecessary callbacks are dropping up to 30%. Doctors are finding breast cancer earlier, and are being forced to call women back in for follow-up exams which ultimately prove to be unnecessary less often.

Breast tomosynthesis technology was approved by the FDA in 2011. Through this procedure, your radiologist will be able to view the tissue of your breasts layer by layer, minimizing overlap and more easily discerning details. With 3D mammogram imaging, medical professionals are able to view and analyze your results to an unprecedented degree of accuracy.

Contact a breast health and radiology center in your area to find out more about this exciting, breakthrough technology in mammogram imaging.

Posted on behalf of Diagnostic Radiology

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