3-D Mammography

Breast Imaging

Breast Basics

Mammo Overview

All breasts are not created equal. That's why we offer several breast imaging services.

When breast cancer is found early, the survival rate is almost 100%. Screening mammograms can catch cancer early before you even have symptoms and when it is most treatable.

Our Women's Imaging Center is an accredited imaging center staffed with caring and qualified radiologists, nurses and technologists who can help you determine which type of screening is best for you.


  • 2-D mammography, or standard mammography, captures images from two angles. It checks breast density and detects abnormalities. It is often used with 3-D mammography.
  • 3-D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) is the most advanced breast cancer detection technology available. Similar to 2-D mammography, it requires breast compression. It allows radiologists to examine breast tissue layer by layer for a more detailed view. The screening's accuracy results in fewer unnecessary biopsies, tests and false-positives.
  • Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) is a second step screening tool recommended for women with documented dense breast tissue. It supplements a screening mammogram. ABUS requires a doctor's referral.
  • Breast MRI is a diagnostic tool that helps radiologists determine if a biopsy is necessary. It provides clearer images than those created by mammography or ultrasound. Breast MRI requires a doctor's referral.
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy uses special mammography equipment to help radiologists locate a breast lump or abnormality and remove a tissue sample for closer examination. The procedure is less invasive than surgical biopsy.

Who Needs Screening?

The American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging recommend women begin annual breast cancer screenings at age 40. Women with a family history of breast cancer should begin yearly mammograms 10 years earlier than the age of the diagnosed family member or at age 40, whichever comes first.

How to Prepare

If possible, schedule your mammogram one week following your period. Avoid the week prior to your period if your breasts are tender during that time.

  • Do not wear deodorant, perfume, powders or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of the mammogram.
  • Tell the radiologist about any breast symptoms or problems.

What to Expect

We’ll have you undress from the waist up and give you a gown to wear. You’ll place one breast at a time on the X-ray plate. A paddle compresses the breast to help flatten the tissue. The compression may be uncomfortable, but it should not be painful. We take images from several angles, so we’ll ask you to change positions a few times. The exam takes about 30 minutes.

Ask when your results will be ready. After a radiologist has reviewed your mammogram, we'll send your results to your primary care doctor.

Insurance Coverage

2-D and 3-D Screenings

2-D and 3-D mammograms are covered as preventive services under the Affordable Care Act. We will not charge you a co-pay or deductible, and we will submit a claim to your insurance company on your behalf.


ABUS and Breast MRI procedures are not covered as preventive services under the Affordable Care Act. You will most likely be asked to pay your co-pay and any deductible charges as specified by your insurance plan.

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Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
The American College of Radiology recognizes us as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.