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3D Mammography

Early detection is the best defense against breast cancer.  The American Cancer Society recommends that every woman over 40 should receive a mammography once a year.  Until now, the best way to find cancer in its earliest stages has been with digital mammography.

Breast tomosynthesis converts digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers – building what is essentially a “3-dimensional mammogram.”   During the tomosynthesis part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple breast images in seconds.  A computer then produces a 3D image of your breast tissue in one-millimeter layers.  This allows the radiologist to see breast tissue in a way never before possible.  Fine details are more clearly visible, no longer hidden by the tissue above and below. 

A 3D mammogram may be used as a screening tool along with a traditional digital mammogram as part of your annual screening to capture more breast images.