3D mammography (tomosynthesis) breast screening?

3D mammography (tomosynthesis) is a revolutionary screening and diagnostic tool designed for early detection of breast cancer. The 3D mammogram exam is a separate procedure and is performed at the same time as a traditional 2D digital mammogram.

Until recently, the best mammogram was a digital mammogram. Featuring next generation technology, 3D mammography imaging acquires a series of images of the compressed breast at different angles.  The system produces images that represent thin slices of the breast, allowing radiologists to view slices one millimeter at a time with clarity never before possible.

Now, when combined with conventional 2D digital mammography, breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis has a higher cancer detection rate than conventional 2D digital mammography alone.

What are the benefits of 3D mammography breast screening?

In addition to improved diagnostic accuracy, tomosynthesis significantly reduces false-positive recall rates, thereby avoiding unnecessary additional testing and reducing patient anxiety. Women who can benefit from 3D mammography particularly include:

  • Women with dense breast tissue
  • Women with a personal history of cancer
  • Women between the ages of 40-60

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