The Benefits of 3D Mammography

3D Mammography St. Mary's
 
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, making early detection of the disease incredibly important to saving lives.
 
3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic breast-imaging tool improving doctors’ abilities to spot small tumors and reduce false scares that require additional testing.
 
During a conventional mammogram, images of the breasts are taken from two angles. In a 3D mammogram, an X-ray arm sweeps over the breast in an arc, taking multiple images in just seconds, and from various angles. These images are displayed as a series of thin slices that can be viewed by radiologists as individual images or even interactive animation—it’s a technology similar to that used in CT scans. Often performed in conjunction with standard mammography, this new test provides a great level of detail for the radiologists and other physician specialists.
 
What are the top benefits of a 3D mammogram?
 
  1. Earlier and easier detection—detecting at earlier stages of the disease has the potential to save more lives. Conventional mammography means the doctor is looking at breast tissue in a flat image. In these cases, the tissue can appear as overlapping, making it more difficult to see all the individual structures. 3D mammography makes seeing the separate structures—as well as the location, size and shape, much easier.
  2. Fewer call backs—a callback is when a doctor finds something suspicious and wants to do additional imaging or a biopsy. For many women it turns out to be nothing, but with fewer false alarms, there is less anxiety and stress for the patient. Greater clarity and accuracy mean more peace of mind.
SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Jefferson City is pleased to offer the latest test in breast cancer screening. To schedule your yearly mammogram, contact the Women’s Imaging Center at 573-681-3181. ​
 

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