What is a 3D Mammogram?
3D Mammography (breast tomosynthesis) is a new screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool that provides greater detail. It is done at the same time as a 2D digital mammogram in just a few extra seconds of time on the same equipment.
The diagnostic radiologist is able to look at images of the breast tissue one thin layer at a time. Small details are more visible and overlapping tissue is less of a problem.
What are the benefits of 3D Mammography?
There are two main benefits: the clarity of the images has proven to improve the early detection of breast cancer. In addition, this clarity provides peace of mind because the diagnostics are much more accurate. Fewer women experience unnecessary call-backs.
State-of-the art care
Minnesota Women's Care offers state-of-the-art 3D mammography imaging for a number of important reasons:
- Breast cancer is identified at earlier stages
- Additional images and recalls are reduced by 40%
- Reduction of unnecessary procedures and biopsies
- Ideal for dense breast tissue exams
Breast tomosynthesis, the most advanced technology for breast health, is a 3-dimensional mammogram that allows the radiologist to view the breast tissue one layer at a time. With this view, the radiologist is able to look at the smallest details rather than a flat 2-dimensional image.
When should you have a mammogram?
Any time is fine ... but your annual exam is the perfect time to really take an inventory of your health and wellness - mind and body. By scheduling your mammogram at the same time, your healthcare provider has a complete view of your health.
Online scheduling has its advantages!
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Who needs them?
Major healthcare organizations like the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure advise that every woman over age 40 (or earlier with family history of breast cancer) have an annual screening mammogram.
A screening 3D mammogram greatly increases chances of detecting most anomalies at their earliest stage. That’s why our practice subscribes to these recommendations and offers in-office 3D Mammography to all of our patients.
The chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer increases with age. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
This is the gold standard for breast health: mammograms are essential for women 40 and older.