Detecting cancer in its early stages greatly increases your chances of beating it, and 3D mammography, also known as tomography, is one of the most effective screening methods for detecting breast cancer. Mammography can detect cancers that are too small for physicians or nurses to find during an examination, because unlike a physical examination, mammograms allow doctors to look at the internal structure of breast tissues.
3D mammography can detect cancers too small for conventional mammograms to find.
We’re excited to say that The Breast Center offers the latest technology in 3D mammography. 3D mammography is a superior mammogram that captures images using tomosynthesis. 3D mammography is proven to find 41% more invasive cancers, earlier, while simultaneously reducing the chance of getting called back for additional tests. Not only is 3D Mammography better at detecting cancers earlier, it reduces false-positive findings by 40%. In other words, 3D Mammography is more effective and more accurate than traditional mammograms.
Tomosynthesis is similar to a conventional mammogram, but it is more accurate. The process is virtually the same for the patient, although tomosynthesis takes a few seconds longer than a conventional mammogram. The main difference is that the 3D exam is capturing multiple images from several different angles to create a multi-layer image. Each 1-millimeter layer provides a clear image that the doctor can look at individually. You can think of each layer as an individual page in a book. This allows your doctor to get a more detailed look at the breast tissue, making it easier to detect breast cancer.
“We expect 3D mammography at The Breast Center to advance breast cancer diagnosis by eliminating tissue overlap and shadowy distractions in the images and create better image quality and clarity,” said Dr. Steven Harms, a Breast Imaging Physician at The Breast Center.
With early detection, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is nearly 100%. That’s a pretty good reason to get a regular screening. The Breast Center recommends that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40. Schedule your appointment today!