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As many women know, the American Cancer Society recommends annual mammography tests starting at age 40. The exam is designed to screen for breast cancer and irregularities in the tissue that could lead to cancer. Although mammograms can be intimidating, modern technology has made the experience much more comfortable. At Midstate Radiology Associates, we offer breast tomosynthesis to our patients, an advanced form of mammography that is found only in select imaging centers.

What Is a 3D Breast Tomosynthesis?

Also known as a three-dimensional mammogram, breast tomosynthesis is an innovative screening that produces 3D images of the breast. Pictures of the compressed breast are taken at different angles to stitch together a 3D image, which is then assessed by our advanced women’s imaging radiologists to detect and diagnosis small tumors. In contrast, a traditional mammogram produces two-dimensional images of the breast while it is compressed, which can make it more difficult to detect all possible forms of cancer.

Who Should Have This Procedure?

This modern procedure is more accurate and can help doctors detect cancer sooner. Women with dense breast tissue have better results with breast tomosynthesis but overall, there are fewer call backs with this advanced exam. Whether breast cancer symptoms are present or not, screening mammography with breast tomosynthesis often leads to early detection – when breast cancers are most treatable.

What You Can Expect

At the appointment, patients should be ready to share any recent breast irregularities or family history of breast cancer with the radiologist. It is not recommended appointments are scheduled the week before a menstrual period or during pregnancy. The American Cancer Society also advises not wearing deodorant under the arms or lotion on the breasts, which can be confused with calcium deposits in the images.

One in 8 women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. A 3D Breast Tomosynthesis could be the procedure needed to detect it early. Contact us to make an appointment today!