3D Screening Mammography
3D mammography, or digital breast tomosynthesis (‘tomo’), is the most advanced imaging technology for early breast cancer detection. In fact, it can help identify breast cancer as early as two years before a lump can be felt by a patient or physician. Upstate Carolina Radiology offers 3D mammograms as standard of care for all patients. Most insurance plans cover annual 3D screening mammograms at 100%.
3D technology offers greater accuracy and improved image quality. While a 2D digital mammogram produces flat images, 3D mammography creates multiple images or “slices” of breast tissue from various angles, allowing radiologists to view breast tissue in layers. 3D technology helps to detect breast cancer at an early stage for better treatment outcomes for patients. And thanks to the increased accuracy provided by 3D mammography, fewer women are being called back for additional images, which reduces anxiety and lowers costs for care. Additionally, Upstate Carolina Radiology uses software that lowers the radiation dose of a 3D mammogram so that it’s comparable to a 2D mammogram.
If you are experiencing a worrisome lump, nipple discharge, or changes in the breast skin, your physician should order a diagnostic mammogram.