Tomosynthesis (3D Digital Mammography)
3D tomosynthesis mammography Hologic
The exam is approved for all women eligible for a screening mammogram and is done at the same time as a traditional mammogram.
Advantages of 3D mammography:
- Greater chance for cancer detection
- Reduction in false-positives
- Reduction in call-backs (especially for women with dense breasts)
- Better visualisation and confidence for physicians
What are the Benefits?
- Earlier detection of small breast cancers that may be hidden during digital mammography
- Greater accuracy in pinpointing size, shape and location of abnormalities
- Fewer unnecessary biopsies or additional tests
- Greater likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumors, which occur in 15% of breast cancer patients
- Clearer images of dense breast tissue
YES! Radiation exposure to the breast is very low. The radiation dose for a combined 2D/3D mammography exam is well below the acceptable limits defined by the FDA, and is only a fraction of the level of radiation everyone receives annually from the natural background of being outdoors. There is no evidence that this low level of radiation has any significant effect on the breasts.
What can you expect during your Mammogram?
You will be positioned just like you were for a traditional 2D mammogram. During the 3D part of the exam, an x-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in seconds. No additional breast compression is required and it only takes a few more seconds. The experience will be very similar to mammograms patients have had in the past.
Digital mammography offers a marked improvement over traditional film mammography in several ways.
- Studies show it’s a significantly better diagnostic tool for detecting breast cancer, especially for women younger than 50, women with dense breasts, and premenopausal women.
- Digital images help doctors make accurate diagnoses. Doctors view the images electronically on a computer monitor, magnifying them and adjusting brightness and contrast on a high-resolution display. This extra control makes it easier to see subtle differences in breast tissue and diagnose cancer more accurately.
- The need for additional unscheduled mammograms is greatly reduced because doctors have the advanced digital tools necessary to study digital mammograms in such detail.
- Patients receive quicker results than with traditional mammography. Since images are captured to digital files the instant they are created, doctors can turn around results in hours or days, instead of weeks. This can be especially comforting to women who may be awaiting mammogram results on a lump detected as part of a clinical or self-exam.
- Files are not in danger of being lost or having poor image quality. Digital mammograms are stored as electronic files that can be transmitted to other healthcare providers while still retaining a copy at SH. Unlike traditional mammograms, there’s never a chance mammograms can get lost in transit.
- 2007 Hologic Selenia Digital Mammography with 2013 Detector with 2D
- Gantry, Acquisition Console, 2 D, Lead glass shield, X-Ray Tube
- Face Shield 24×30 Digital Detector (2013)
- Dual Function Footswitches (2)
- Standard Set of Compression Paddles