2D vs. 3D Mammography – A Big Step Forward in Early Discovery
The 3D mammography™ exam, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, is a huge breakthrough in routine mammography screening.
The 3D mammography™ exam provides superior detail of tiny abnormalities, especially among the estimated 47% of women with dense breast tissue, which is so compacted that elements within it, including cancer, can become invisible to radiation. Dense breast tissue is composed of more epithelial cells than fatty breast tissue, and, because epithelial cells are more commonly affected by cancer, early detection in women with dense breasts is especially important, and too often 2D digital mammography is simply inadequate.
3D mammography™ exams produce a series of x-ray images that are sent to a computer for a nearly-3D composite image, making changes far more visible for easier discovery and a potentially quicker diagnosis. Five independent clinical studies and new research reported in JAMA demonstrate that 3D mammography™ exams provide superior detection of invasive breast cancers and far fewer false positives than 2D mammography, meaning there is less chance of needing subsequent tests and the anxiety that can accompany them.
3D mammography™ exams are FDA-approved and performed in virtually the same way as 2D mammography, using the same level of compression and radiation exposure, and take about the same amount of time.
Radiology Associates Imaging and the American College of Radiology recommend annual screening mammograms for women 40 and older. If you have dense breasts, have tested positive for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, have a family history of breast cancer, or simply prefer the enhanced accuracy of a 3D mammography™ exam, you can schedule one yourself without a doctor’s referral. Call Radiology Associates Imaging at (386) 274-6000 to make an appointment and find out if your insurance covers this lifesaving scan.