3D mammography, or Tomosynthesis, is the newest technology for detecting small breast masses and distortions. Additionally, it is a great tool for patients identified as having dense breast tissue. It is the first and only clinically superior 3D mammography approved by the FDA. When we went from film screen to digital mammography, we were so excited about the improvement in image quality. Now, with 3D mammography, everyone in the industry believes this will be the gold standard in a couple of years.
The 3D technology has been the most beneficial in detecting very small cancers in women who have dense breast tissue. In the more dense tissue, small, cancerous tumors can be difficult to find. Mammography is all about early detection and the outcomes are far better when these cancerous tumors are found early. Early detection is the key to survival and best possible outcomes.
The 3D mammogram is very similar to a traditional 2D Mammogram. It’s the same amount of compression for about the same amount of time. It’s the information we are able to gain that makes the difference.
Genius 3D Mammography allows the radiologist to view images of the breast significantly clearer than traditional mammography. Very low X-ray energy is used during the 3D exam, which is about the same as a film screen mammogram and is well within the FDA safety standards for mammography.
This 3D technology also allows a physician to examine the breast tissue layer by layer, so instead of viewing all of the complexities of the breast tissue in a flat image, as with traditional 2D mammography, small details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below it.
Currently, not all insurance companies cover the 3D technology, which requires a competitive $110 deposit if a patient chooses to have the 3D exam. It is safe and effective for all women who would be undergoing a regular mammogram, but highly recommended for those who know they have dense breast tissue or have a strong family history of breast cancer.