Women 40 years of age and older should begin annual mammograms to help detect breast cancer. There is what has been touted as a much superior screening tool: 3D mammography. But what is 3D mammography and how is it different from traditional mammography?
3D mammography is an FDA-approved advanced technology that takes multiple images, or x-rays, of breast tissue to recreate a 3D picture of the breast. You may also hear it called breast tomosynthesis. It’s different from traditional mammography in that traditional mammography obtains just a single image. Images from both technologies are read on a computer.
These multiple images of breast tissue slices give doctors a clearer image of breast masses.
It makes it easier to detect breast cancer.
Who should get a 3D mammogram and why?
Women with dense breast tissue in particular may benefit because it provides a clearer picture. Using 3D mammography makes it easier for doctors to catch breast cancer early. It also helps catch more cancers. And it helps us see the cancer size much better than on a regular mammogram. It reduces the chances of doctors seeing a false positive.
Screening and diagnostic mammograms are performed at select Capitol Imaging Services locations. In addition, Capitol Imaging Services also offers women’s health studies such as breast ultrasound, breast MRI and breast biopsy.
Capitol Imaging Services is the largest independent radiology practice of its type serving the southeastern United States. Not only do we perform the scan such as a mammogram or ultrasound, we provide the radiology expertise to review test images and issue important findings to physicians and other health care providers.
Capitol Imaging Services often lowers out of pocket costs for people by performing exams at lower fees. For those with unfulfilled health insurance deductibles, that’s a major financial advantage.
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