Midwest Center for Advanced Imaging offers the newest mammography technology. Breast Tomosynthesis is a mammogram that produces a 3-dimensional (3-D) view of breast tissue that improves breast cancer screening and detection. Conventional 2-dimensional (2-D) mammography scans the entire breast in one exposure, resulting in a flat picture in which breast features can be hidden by overlapping tissue. The 3-D mammography takes 15 images from multiple angles and arranges these high resolution “slices” into a 3-D image that can be manipulated to view breast structures in a powerful new way, allowing doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a time.
What are the benefits of 3-D Mammography?
More accurate detection: By minimizing the impact of overlapping breast tissue, 3-D mammography can make a tumor easier to see. Seeing a 3-D image has helped doctors find more cancers than with 2-D images alone.
Fewer call backs: The improved accuracy in diagnosing abnormal structures offered by a 3-D view of the breast decreased the number of unnecessary callbacks to women for additional scans and biopsies.
Better detection in dense breasts: Dense breast tissue, often found in younger women, can cause shadowing due to overlapping tissue and hide cancerous tumors. 3-D mammography offers multiple angled views, providing a thorough look at the breast tissue.
Safe: The procedure is performed along with a 2-D mammogram, so there is a minimal amount of additional radiation. This is still well below the FDA-regulated limit for mammography.