3D mammograms detect 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives by up to 40%. That means one simple thing: early detection. 3D technology allows your doctor to see masses and distortions associated with cancers significantly more clearly than conventional 2D mammography.
Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, 3D mammogramms are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing. In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A 3D exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.
This new 3D Mammography system exam includes both 2D and 3D images. During the 3D portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A 3D Mammogram requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.
The new system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients.
For more information or to schedule your annual mammogram, please call:
Crestwood Medical Center
One Hospital Drive
Huntsville, AL 35801