The Breast Center is pleased to offer our patients 3-D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis. As a leader in the care of breast diseases, we are committed to providing patients with the most advanced tools – like 3-D mammography – to detect breast abnormalities sooner and with a higher degree of accuracy.
As most people know, a mammogram is an X-ray that produces a two-dimensional image of the breast. Over the years, technology has advanced and the latest diagnostic tool, breast tomosynthesis, now gives physicians a 3-dimensional view of breast tissue.
For a 3-D mammogram, the breast is positioned and compressed in the same way as a conventional mammogram, but the X-ray arm of the machine moves in a circular arc around the breast producing thin slice images at a number of angles and then converts them into one 3-dimensional picture of the breast. The screening only takes a few seconds longer than a traditional mammogram and doesn’t require repositioning.
3-D mammography is used as a screening tool in conjunction with a traditional (2-D) digital mammogram for better visualization. The Breast Center continues to rely on and endorse the use of traditional 2-D mammograms, monthly self-exams and annual exams by our experienced physicians, but 3-D mammography is now one more tool that we have in the fight against breast cancer that can allow for:
3-D mammography enables doctors to see breast tissue one layer at a time, making it easier to pinpoint tumors that could be hidden in dense tissue and not seen using traditional 2-dimensional mammograms
Doctors can more easily distinguish harmless spots from cancer, so there are fewer false alarms and call-backs for additional imaging
3-D mammograms help doctors more clearly see the size, shape and location of possible problems layer-by-layer for a more accurate view of potential problems
Almost all patients who need screening or diagnostic breast imaging can have a 3-D mammogram. The more detailed imaging can be especially helpful for women with dense breast tissue, breast implants, and those with family history of or increased risk for breast cancer.
Insurance coverage may vary so be sure to check with your provider before scheduling or having the imaging.
The Breast Center in Kanawha City is the only facility in the area offering 3-D mammography. For more information or to schedule your 3-D mammogram, call (304) 388-2861.
The facility’s two machines were purchased thanks to the generous contributions of donors to the CAMC Foundation. Because of their generosity, our patients have access to the most advanced breast screening available.