Digital breast tomosynthesis, more commonly referred to as 3D mammography, is a potentially lifesaving procedure that makes it easier for doctors to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages.
During a 3D mammogram, multiple low dose X-ray images known as “slices” of the breast are acquired at different angles. 3D mammography allows radiologists to see inside, layer by layer, while increasing visibility of fine details by minimizing the appearance of overlapping tissue.
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Higher detection rates – 3D mammography detects abnormalities missed by traditional 2D mammograms. This is because 3D mammography can “see through” the tissue, making it possible to locate tumors that would otherwise be obscured on a 2D mammogram.
See through dense breasts – 3D mammography provides clearer images of dense breast tissue, and demonstrates greater accuracy in pinpointing size, shape, and location of abnormalities. Breasts are considered dense if they have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue but not much fatty tissue. Breast density, a significant breast cancer risk factor, is also one of the strongest predictors of the failure of traditional mammography to detect breast cancer.
Fewer recall rates – 3D mammography results in fewer recall rates for patients – reducing patient anxiety as well the need for additional testing.
Low dose X-ray – A 3D mammogram releases the same amount of radiation as a traditional mammogram, and poses no higher risk to the patient.
Current guidelines from the American College of Radiology and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend that women undergo annual mammograms starting at age 40, whether or not they present symptoms or have a family history of breast cancer.
Mammograms save lives. Call Bergen Imaging Center to schedule your 3D mammogram today.