What is a 3D mammogram?
3D mammography is a new FDA-approved imaging technology designed for early breast cancer detection and is done along with a 2D mammogram.
During the 3D part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over your breast, taking multiple breast images. A computer then produces a 3D image of your breast tissue in one millimeter sections, providing greater visibility for the radiologist to see the inside of the breast in improved detail. The radiologists can scroll through the images of your entire breast like pages in a book.
The additional 3D images make it possible for our radiologists to better visualize your breast tissue and to detect potential abnormalities, greatly reducing the need for follow up imaging.
What are the advantages?
- Earlier detection of small cancers that may be hidden in a routine mammogram.
- Better at determining size, shape, and location of abnormalities.
- Less biopsies and additional exams.
- Better able to detect cancer in multiple parts of the breast.
- Improved separation of dense tissues.
Who can have a 3D mammogram?
The exam is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram in both the screening and diagnostic setting. Mt. Baker Imaging offers 3D technology for all screening mammograms.
What should I expect during a 3D mammogram?
Your 3D mammogram experience should be very similar to previous mammograms at our office. A 3D mammogram complements standard 2D mammography and is performed at the same time. No additional compression is required, and it only takes about four seconds! Our helpful technologists will guide you through the process every step of the way.
Is 3D mammography covered by insurance? How much does it cost?
3D mammography is covered by some insurance companies. Patients are encouraged to call their insurance carrier with exam code 77063 for exact benefits.