3D MammographyHope Imaging Center - Vero Beach, FL
What is a 3D Mammogram?
A 3D mammogram (breast tomosynthesis) is an imaging test that combines multiple breast X-rays to create a three-dimensional picture of the breast.
A 3D mammogram is used to look for breast cancer in people who have no signs or symptoms. It can also be used to investigate the cause of breast problems, such as a breast mass, pain and nipple discharge.
When used for breast cancer screening, 3D mammogram machines create 3D images and standard 2D mammogram images. Studies show that combining 3D mammograms with standard mammograms reduces the need for additional imaging and slightly increases the number of cancers detected during screening. But more study is needed to understand whether 3D mammograms may reduce the risk of dying of breast cancer more than a standard mammogram alone.
The 3D mammogram is becoming more common, but it isn’t available at all medical facilities.
Preparing for a 3D Mammogram
Before scheduling a mammogram, the ACS and other specialty organizations recommend that you discuss any new findings or problems in your breasts with your doctor. In addition, inform your doctor of any prior surgeries, hormone use, and family or personal history of breast cancer.
Do not schedule your mammogram for the week before your menstrual period if your breasts are tender during this time. The best time to schedule a mammogram is one week following your period. Always inform your doctor or X-ray technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant.
The ACS also recommends:
Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of the exam. These can appear on the X-ray film as calcium spots.
Describe any breast symptoms or problems to the technologist performing the exam.
If possible, obtain prior mammograms and make them available to the radiologist at the time of the current exam.
Ask when your results will be available; do not assume the results are normal if you do not hear from your doctor or the mammography facility.
In addition, before the examination, you will be asked to remove all jewelry and clothing above the waist and you will be given a gown of loose-fitting material that opens in the front.