Frequently Asked Questions
What is a 3D mammography breast exam (tomosynthesis)?
3D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection, which is done in conjunction with traditional 2D digital mammography. This state of the art technology is FDA approved and allows the radiologist to view breast tissue in greater detail.
Why is there a need for 3D mammography breast exams? What are the benefits?
With routine 2D mammography, the radiologist sees complex, three-dimensional breast tissue in a two-dimensional image. With 3D breast imaging, breast tissue is seen in greater detail, which enhances the ability to detect abnormalities.
3D mammography results in fewer instances of patients needing to return to the hospital for additional images, thereby reducing unnecessary anxiety.
What can I expect during the 3D mammography exam?
When a patient chooses 3D mammography, the routine 2D mammogram is performed as well as the 3D images. There is no additional compression required and takes only a few seconds longer for each view.
Are there differences in radiation exposure?
Radiation dose for 3D mammography is higher than 2D screening mammography alone. However, the dose remains within accepted government safety standards. Additionally, 3D mammography reduces the number of times that a patient must return for additional images, which could actually result in a decrease in overall radiation exposure.
Who can have a 3D mammography exam?
3D is approved for all women already undergoing standard 2D mammography. 3D mammography is particular effective for women who have dense breast tissue and those with an increased risk for breast cancer. 3D can be used for both screening and diagnostic mammography.
How do I schedule this 3D breast mammography exam?
Call 419.251.3993 to schedule your appointment. Simply tell the scheduler that a 3D breast examination is requested.