A New Tool In The Fight Against Breast Cancer
3D mammography will directly influence our ability to detect and treat
cancer early, when it is most curable. This advanced technology will bring
more accurate information, better outcomes, and the promise of a better
future to many patients.
To learn more about 3D, or to make an appointment, call 302.421.4141.
What Exactly is 3D Mammography?
A new screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool that allows doctors
to see masses and distortions associated with cancers significantly more clearly.
How Does it Work?
An X-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images at many different
angles in seconds.
What’s the Difference between 2D and 3D Mammography?
Conventional 2D mammography produces a single, flat image of the breast.
In about the same amount of time and with the same or improved comfort,
3D technology takes multiple images of thin cross sections of the breast.
The final compiled 3D image is not only crisp and sharply defined - radiologists
can actually view the tissue one millimeter (mm) at a time.
What Are the Benefits?
- This advanced technology brings more accurate information, better outcomes,
and the promise of a better future to many patients.
- 3D mammography increases breast cancer detection by 10-30%
- Detects 41% more invasive breast cancers
- Reduces return visits due to false positives by up to 40%
Am I a Candidate for 3D Mammography?
Women with dense, hard-to image breasts and/or those with a history of
breast cancer are the best candidates for 3D mammography. If you are a
woman age 40 and older, and are preparing to make your annual mammogram
appointment, talk to your doctor about 3D mammography to see if it may
be right for you.
Is 3D Mammography Covered by Insurance?
The screening may be covered 100% by your health insurance provider, however,
it is always a good idea to check with them before you schedule an
appointment. In some cases, a co-pay may be required.
Why Should I Get Screened?
Breast cancer is nearly 100% curable if caught early. I think that is a
pretty good reason in and of itself!