The 3D exam is a separate procedure that is performed at the same time as your regular mammogram.
3D mammography is a revolutionary technology approved by the FDA, which gives radiologists the ability to view inside the breast layer by layer, helping to see the fine details more clearly by minimizing overlapping tissue. During a 3D mammogram, you will be place in compression and multiple low-dose images known as “slices” of the breast are acquired at different angles. With 3D technology, the radiologist can view a mammogram in a way never before possible.
Mammography is one of the most effective tools available to detect breast cancer. Often, breast cancers can be seen on a mammogram before any breast symptoms occur. We recommend women start annual screening mammography at age 40. Patients with a strong family history (a first-degree relative such as a sister or mother) are encouraged to start screening mammography 10 years prior to the breast cancer diagnosis of the relative. Mammography does not prevent breast cancer, but it can save lives by detecting cancer at the earliest stage possible.
With conventional digital mammography, the radiologist is viewing all the complexities of the breast tissue in a one flat image. Sometimes breast tissue can overlap, giving the illusion of normal breast tissue looking like an abnormal area. By looking at the breast tissue in one millimeter slices, the radiologist can provide a more confident assessment. In this way, 3D mammography finds cancers missed with conventional 2D mammography.
Earlier detection: By minimizing the impact of overlapping breast tissue, 3D mammography can help improve breast cancer screening and detection.
Fewer callbacks: 3D mammography helps distinguish harmless abnormalities from real cancers,3D mammography, Sonnenalp Breast Center radiologists have reduced patients callback rates by 20%.
3D mammograms can be scheduled at Sonnenalp Breast Center in Edwards by calling (970) 569-7690 or at Shaw Breast Center & Cancer Clinic in Frisco by calling (970) 668-6400.