TriStar Horizon Medical Center now offers 3D Mammography (also called tomosynthesis) for annual screening mammograms. 3D Mammography, according to NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) guidelines, is a proven screening exam that results in improved breast cancer detection while decreasing patient callbacks, as compared to traditional digital mammography. 3D Mammography is similar in procedure to having a traditional 2D mammogram. Like the 2D mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast, and take images from different angles.
According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. While mammograms cannot prevent breast cancer, they do help detect breast cancer in the earliest stages. Detecting breast cancer early means it can be easier for physicians to treat. Mammograms have the power to save lives and it is important to schedule an annual screening mammogram.
Most screening guidelines recommend that women receive an annual screening mammogram starting at the age of 40. However, depending upon your family history, your physician may recommend that you have your first mammogram earlier.
There is no additional compression required with 3D Mammography, and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view.
The technologist will view the images of your breasts at the computer workstation to ensure quality images have been captured for review. A radiologist will then examine the images and report results to your physician.