A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers, compared to 2D alone.
3D Mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection that can be done in conjunction with a traditional 2D digital mammogram. Breast tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue providing improved visibility for the radiologist to see the breast tissue detail in a way not possible before.
A 3D mammogram is very similar to a traditional mammogram and is performed during the same appointment. There is no additional compression of the breast and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view. Breast tomosynthesis is a technological advance that has been confirmed in recent clinical studies to improve breast cancer detection accuracy both in terms of detecting harder to find cancers and decreasing the number of call backs for patients that do not have breast cancer. This has been particularly applicable to patients with mammographically dense breasts or extremely dense breasts.
Our site uses the lowest dose available for 3D mammography. A very low X-ray energy is used during the exams, just about the same as a standard 2D mammogram, and lower than a traditional film mammogram. The total patient dose is within the FDA safety standards for mammography.
It is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram, in both screening and diagnostic settings.
Not all insurance companies are currently covering the cost of 3D mammography and there may be out of pocket expense for the 3D mammogram. That expense will vary based on insurance type and coverage. We encourage patients to verify their benefits with their insurance company prior to their exam. If you insurance does not cover the cost of the 3D mammogram and you would still like to have the 3-dimensional mammogram performed, there is a $65 charge which is due at the time you check in for your exam.
If you are not having any problems such as a newly discover lump or unusual discharge you DO NOT need a doctor’s order to schedule a 2D or 3D mammogram.