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Tomosynthesis, also called 3D mammography, is the latest advancement in breast screening technology. This revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool, takes 15 images of the breast from all angles and reconstructs them into one image. The 3D X-ray allows radiologists to look through the breast instead of viewing a flat image. Tomosynthesis picks up smaller masses than traditional 2D scanning, with less overlap of tissue that can obscure suspicious spots.
With conventional digital mammography, the radiologist is viewing the complexities of breast tissue in one flat image. Sometimes breast tissue can overlap, giving a false illusion that normal, healthy tissue appears abnormal. Looking at breast tissue in one millimeter slices, decreases tissue overlap and provides a clearer, more confident assessment. The latest studies show that 3D mammography increases the detection of invasive cancers by 40 percent while decreasing the need for follow-up imaging by 15 percent. Parker Hospital is charging the same price for 3D scans as the traditional digital mammogram; this new technology will not result in an increased fee for patients.
A 3D mammogram is done in conjunction with a standard 2D mammogram. The 3D screening is done at the same time with the same system. It only takes a few seconds longer for each view, and no additional compression is required.
Very low x-ray energy is used during the exam. This is just about the same amount as a traditional mammogram and well below regulated limits.
A screening mammogram is your annual mammogram performed every year. If your screening comes back with any unclear areas, your radiologist may ask you to come back for follow-up images, known as a diagnostic mammogram. Additional imaging is used to rule out any unclear areas found on the screening. Diagnostic exams are also performed whenever there is an issue identified in the breast by the patient or their health care provider. A diagnostic mammogram requires a written order from your health care provider.
It is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram, in both a screening and diagnostic setting. To schedule your appointment, call Breast Care Center at
303-269-4150. You can also make your appointment online!
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