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Tomosynthesis/3-D Mammography Performed by Hill Medical

What is Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (or 3-D Mammography)?

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis or 3-D mammography is state-of-the-art technology using x-rays to produce a three dimensional digital image of the breast in conjunction with a 2-D image obtained with traditional digital mammography. While traditional 2-D mammography remains one of the best tools available for detection of abnormalities, the emergence of 3-D mammogram technology offers patients and doctors the opportunity for greater clarity in imaging.
Tomosynthesis uses x-rays to image the breast, and rotates around the breast while taking multiple images. Those images are then assembled to produce a highly focused 3D image. Tomosynthesis allows radiologists to gain better visualization of the breast, which is the primary benefit of this new technology. Other benefits include:

  • Earlier detection of small breast cancers that may be hidden
  • No overlapping breast tissue from breast compression
  • Greater accuracy in pinpointing size, shape and location of abnormalities
  • Greater likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumors, which occur in 15% of breast cancer patients
  • More detailed images of dense breast tissue

Is 3-D Mammography right for you?

There are benefits to using this technology. Those include:
• Greater clarity
• Early detection of breast abnormalities
• Reduction in the number of call backs for additional studies
• Shown to be beneficial for women with dense or extremely dense breasts

What are the costs for 3D Mammography?

Currently not all insurances cover 3D screenings, so we encourage patients to check with their health insurance to confirm it is included in their plan. There is an additional cost of $100 for 3D, if the patient's health insurance does not include 3D. A 20% discount will apply to the 3D fee if paid in full at time of service.

Why get an annual exam?

Every year over 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, affecting 1 in 8 women in the U.S. Women age 40 and older should have a yearly mammogram, regardless of whether it is 2-D or 3-D. Mammography is the only test that has been shown in multiple studies to lower a woman's risk of dying from breast cancer.

Doctors agree that in the fight against breast cancer, early detection is the key to a much better chance of survival. With emerging technologies such as 3-D imaging survival rates are going up.

To schedule a Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (or 3-D Mammography) please call (626) 698-7210.