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3-D Mammography & FAQs

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Every woman is different, which is why we use several different methods for detecting breast cancer. 3-D mammography, the latest in breast cancer detection technology, is one method we use. This breakthrough technology detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives by up to 40%. 

Using the latest 3-D mammography technology, our radiologists can examine your breast tissue layer by layer for a more detailed view. While 3-D mammography is most beneficial for women with dense breast tissue, all women eligible for a screening mammogram can benefit from it. 

Benefits of 3-D Mammography

  • Similar to a 2-D mammogram in terms of breast positioning, compression and examine time
  • Earlier detection of smaller cancers
  • Detailed analysis, which means fewer unnecessary biopsies, tests and false-positives
  • Increased cancer detection rate
  • Same-day read appointments 

Your doctor can help you decide which screening tool is best for you based on your family history and breast density. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why 3-D mammography?

3-D mammography has been shown to detect 41% more invasive breast cancers and can reduce false-positives by up to 40%. In other words, the biggest benefit of 3-D mammography is early detection.

3-D technology lets doctors see possible cancer-related masses and precancerous cells more clearly then they can with 2-D technology. Fine details are easier to see and are not obstructed by the breast tissue above or below.

Who should have one?

3-D mammography is approved for all women who would have a traditional mammogram. Clinical studies have shown that all women, regarding of breast type or density, benefit from 3-D mammography.

How should I prepare?

If possible, schedule your mammogram one week after your period. Try to avoid scheduling it for the week before your period if your breasts are tender during this time. 

On the day of the exam, let your technologist know about any breast symptoms or problems. Also, don’t wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts the day of your exam. Sometimes, these products can appear as calcium spots.

Ask when your results will be available. If you don’t receive the results within this time frame, call the office. Don’t assume the results are normal.

What should I expect?

A 3-D mammogram is very similar to a traditional 2-D mammogram. The technologist will position you, compress your breast and take images from different angles. The 3-D exam only takes a few seconds longer than the traditional 2-D exam.

What's the difference between a screening and a diagnostic mammogram?

A screening mammogram is what you have done every year. A diagnostic mammogram may be done if your screening mammogram indicates abnormal results. It is used to evaluate the area of concern.

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