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3D Mammography

Understanding the Benefits

Why choose 3-D mammography?3d mammo

To the patient, 3-D mammography takes the same amount of time and exposes them to the same low-dose of radiation as the latest versions of traditional mammography, but the outcome of the exam itself is significantly improved.

  • Produces up to 100 images of each breast compared to two with traditional mammography
  • Significantly improves the ability to detect abnormalities or breast masses
  • Enhances the ability to localize and characterize those masses when found
  • Decreases the overlap of normal structures, reducing the number of call-backs or false positives

In the example to the left, the conventional magnification view indicates increasing indistinct linear calcifications in the superior left breast. They appeared suspicious, and a biopsy would have been recommended. However, the 3-D mammography views demonstrate that these were benign vascular calcifications—so no biopsy was needed.

If you are premenopausal, have dense breasts or have increased risks of breast cancer, ask your physician if 3-D mammography is right for you.

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