3D mammography exams are conducted in a private screening room, where a mammography unit uses x-ray technology to obtain multiple images. The entire screening process only takes between 10 and 20 minutes. After a mammogram is complete, a radiologist interprets images and communicates any findings to a patient’s primary care provider for additional follow-up as needed.
What is 3D Mammography?
The breast is a three-dimensional object composed of different structures located at different heights within the breast. These structures can overlap and cause confusion when viewed as a flat two-dimensional image. This is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A 3D exam uses breast tomosynthesis technology to create a three-dimensional image of the breast structure, which enables radiologists to more clearly see through overlapping tissue to detect cancers, often at an earlier stage. Additionally, this 3D mammography unit enables physicians to obtain diagnostic samples using less invasive procedures.