What is Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography)?
Unlike conventional 2D mammography, Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, takes a series of 15 low-dose images from multiple angles. With computer processing, these "slices" are pieced together to create a 3D study that a radiologist can manipulate. In addition to reviewing a 2D "single slice" image, doctors can now view your entire breast tissue one millimeter at a time, much like reading through a book "page by page". Fine details are more clearly visible in 3D because they are no longer hidden by the breast tissue above and below.
What to expect
3D mammography is done as a component of your regular mammogram. Several additional images are taken at the time of the examination and the exam will take about 4 seconds longer per view while in compression. Yes, there will still be breast compression.
What are the benefits of adding 3D Mammography
Earlier detection of small breast cancers that may be hidden by overlapping breast tissue, especially in women with dense breast tissue. Greater accuracy of size, shape and location of abnormalities will result in less patients being called back for additional imaging.
How much radiation will I be exposed to?
It varies from person to person and is roughly equivalent to 2D mammography. The amount of radiation is well below FDA safety standards.
What is the cost?
For 3D mammography, the additional cost is $50 if your insurance company does not reimburse for this portion of the mammogram. The cost of the digital 2D Mammogram is covered by most major insurances.
Will my insurance cover the cost?
It depends on each individual insurance plan. Please check with your insurance company for further information.
What if my doctor did not mention 3D Mammography to me?
3D is an optional service at this time and elected by the patient. Many physicians know about our new 3D technology and the feedback we have received has been very positive.