At The Breast Center, we are committed to providing the highest standard of care for our patients. As part of this mission, we offer 3D Mammography (TM), also called Breast Tomosynthesis, for all of our mammograms.
In a 3D exam, the x-ray tube moves in a 50-degree arc around the breast, taking 25 images during the exam. The breast radiologist is able to review the images one layer at a time.
Approved by the FDA, the 3D Mammography exam detects 41% more invasive cancers than the 2D mammogram. It also returns 40% fewer false positives and reduces the number of patients who are asked to come back for a second mammogram. With early detection, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is nearly 100%.
- Improved breast cancer detection
- Detects 41% more invasive breast cancers
- Reduced false-positive findings by up to 40%
- No additional compression
How it works
Unlike 2D mammography, 3D Mammography takes many x-ray pictures of each breast from many angles that are not available in traditional mammography. The x-ray tube moves in a 50-degree arc around the breast, taking 25 images during the exam. Those images are then sent to a computer, where they are assembled into a 3-dimensional picture of the breast. The result is a clearer image that helps health providers detect malignant tumors better than standard 2D mammography alone, with fewer patient recalls for additional images.
What to expect
No, there is no additional compression required with a 3-D Mammogram. 2D and 3D images are taken during the same compression and most clients do not notice a difference in the exam.
Is a 3D mammogram covered by insurance?
Most insurance plans cover mammograms, including 3D, 100% under wellness benefits. If your insurance covers an annual screening mammogram, it should also cover the cost of a 3D mammogram as Arkansas now has a law requiring insurance coverage. Some individual policies do not cover screening tests. Please check with your insurance representative to confirm if annual screening mammograms are covered.