Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. To treat it, you must find it. And if you find it early, you have a greater chance of an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. That’s why at GRMC we offer wide-angle 3D breast tomosynthesis; a new mammogram technology that gives every woman her best chance for an early and accurate diagnosis.
How it Works
3D mammography is very similar to the 2D experience. The breast is compressed under a paddle as images are taken of the breast. In addition to 2D mammography, True Breast Tomosynthesis takes special X-ray pictures of each breast from many angles that are not available in traditional mammography. The tube moves in a 50-degree arc around the breast, taking 25 images during the exam. Those images are sent to a computer and assembled into a three-dimensional picture of the breast.
The result is a clearer image that helps us look inside the breast layer by layer to find tumors that may not be defined on standard 2D mammography alone resulting in fewer patient recalls. With the wide-angle imaging and clarity it offers our physicians, it can save lives because it leaves breast cancer with no place to hide.
Advantages of 3D
- Fewer return appointments for additional testing, reducing patient stress
- Better diagnosis at the initial exam
- Can help reduce false positive findings
- Improved imaging for dense breast tissue
- Better detection because thin layers of tissue are shown separately
- Suspicious lesions from traditional 2D images may be ruled out at benign
At GRMC, we believe in giving our patients the highest quality care possible with our passionate and experienced staff. This is why we are proud to offer wide-angle 3D tomosynthesis. Your very best defense is early detection and diagnosis, made possible through an annual screening mammogram. Ask your healthcare provider if 3D mammography is the appropriate exam for you.