Your very best defense is early detection and diagnosis, made possible through an annual screening mammogram. We commit ourselves every day to matching our compassionate care for women with state-of-the-art mammogram technology. That is why we now offer 3D breast tomosynthesis. It’s new mammogram technology that gives every woman her best chance for an early and accurate diagnosis.
The Women’s Imaging Center offers our patients the latest in digital mammography as part of our comprehensive range of breast screening and imaging services. We are an American College of Radiology mammography accredited facility, demonstrating the highest quality patient care.
3D Is The Game Changer in Mammography
Traditional mammograms suffer from decreasing sensitivity in women with dense breasts or when breast tissue overlaps. The result can be unclear images.
- Up to 30% of cancers go undetected by standard mammography.
- 52-76% of cancers are missed in dense breast tissue, where tumors are more difficult to identify. That changes with wide-angle 3D breast tomosynthesis.
At Imaging Specialists, our comprehensive imaging center is the uncontested leader in technology. We have invested in 3D Mammography (Breast Tomosynthesis) because we believe it offers us a better view of breast tissue than 2D mammography alone.
How it works
The 3D mammogram is just like the 2D experience. The breast is compressed under a paddle as images are taken of the breast. Unlike 2D mammography, 3D Breast Tomosynthesis takes X-ray pictures of each breast from many angles that are not available in traditional mammography.
The tube moves in a 50-degree arc around the breast, taking 25 images during the exam. Those images are sent to a computer and assembled into a three-dimensional picture of the breast. Digital mammography technology coupled with 3D technology allows our physicians to more accurately diagnose disease. It allows for faster exam times and more comfortable patient positioning during a mammogram.
The result is a clearer image that helps us look inside the breast layer by layer to find tumors. More importantly, 3D mammography saves lives because it leaves breast cancer with no place to hide.
Computer Aided Detection (CAD) is also utilized as an adjunct to help radiologists detect subtle cancers.
On the day of your mammogram:
- Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of the exam. These substances may interfere with the mammogram.
- Describe any breast symptoms or problems to the technologist performing the exam.
- Remove any jewelry that might interfere with the X-ray picture.
- You will need to remove your clothes above the waist, and you will be given a dressing gown.
Results are rapid.
Subspecialty trained radiologists are onsite to ensure a skilled read and a personalized experience.