How does a Mammogram work?

A 3D mammogram (also known as breast tomosynthesis) is a type of imaging that combines breast X-rays to build a 3D picture of breast tissue.
This advanced imaging technology offers a more detailed view of breast tissue than traditional mammograms. During the 3D mammogram, multiple low-dose X-ray images are taken of the breast from different angles. These images are combined to create a 3D image of the breast. This can help our radiologists to more accurately detect and diagnose any abnormalities, such as a tumor or calcification.
It may be used to search for breast cancer in people who do not have symptoms or to explore the cause of breast issues, such as pain, a mass, or nipple discharge.

What is a 3D mammogram used for?

3D Mammograms help diagnose common breast issues:

Unlike conventional mammograms, which are two-dimensional images taken from the top and side of the breast, a 3D mammogram provides a more detailed view of the breast tissue. This can help our radiologists to identify problems that might be missed on a standard mammogram, and help point to the cause of other problems such as pain and nipple discharge.

3D Mammograms Improve the detection of breast cancer in breast tissue:

The supportive breast tissue (also known as the dense breast tissue) and breast cancers will both look whitish on a standard mammogram. This can make it difficult to locate and diagnose breast cancers.  A 3D mammogram allows your doctor to better see past the dense areas and can increase the detection of breast cancer compared to traditional mammograms.

3D Mammograms detect more cancerous tissue than a standard mammogram:

3D imaging allows the radiologist to examine the breast tissue in greater detail and with more precision than with traditional two-dimensional mammograms. This technology helps diagnose breast issues at an earlier stage, often before a lump is detectable, by revealing small abnormalities that might be overlooked with a traditional mammogram. Research shows that a 3D mammogram slightly increases the rate of cancer detection compared to a standard mammogram.

Other benefits of 3D Mammograms:

The 3D Mammogram also reduces the need for additional imaging tests, as well as the need for biopsies, which can be uncomfortable and costly. This technology is especially beneficial for women with dense breast tissue, as it can detect abnormalities that may not be seen with traditional mammograms. At Innovative Medical Imaging, our radiologists are highly trained and experienced in the use of 3D Mammograms. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to our patients and strive to stay at the forefront of the latest technology in mammography.

If you are concerned about the health of your breasts, the 3D Mammogram at Innovative Medical Imaging is an excellent option for detecting and diagnosing breast issues early. Our staff is dedicated to creating a comfortable environment to ensure the process goes as easily as possible. When you search "mammogram near me" choose Innovative Family Medicine. Contact us today to learn more about our 3D Mammogram services.

Patient receiving a 3D mammogram.