Advancing breast health
In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue appear abnormal. A 3D mammogram uses imaging that reduces tissue overlap by taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. The 3D exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.
3D mammography is a major advance for women with dense breast tissue. It has a better cancer detection rate than routine digital mammography and enhances the patient’s experience of breast cancer screening by decreasing callbacks for more tests. The system allows radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities, leading to better detection and greater peace of mind for patients.
The FDA has approved 3D mammography and it is covered by Medicare and most insurance. This exam is recommended for women of all ages and breast density.
Dr. Amanda Scopteuolo, a Prisma Health radiologist, discussed this major breakthrough in fighting breast cancer with Inside Health magazine. Read what she had to say about this technology and what patients are saying.