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Tomosynthesis

Digital Mammography

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 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 of 3-D imaging in addition to mammography decreases 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, may obscure a breast cancer due to overlapping tissue.  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, and the minimal amount of additional radiation is well below the FDA-regulated limit for mammography.

Tips for a Good Mammogram

  • Plan your mammogram for a time of the month when your breasts will be least tender. Try to avoid the week before your period.
  • Don't wear talcum powder or deodorant on the day of your mammogram as these substances might show up as shadows requiring repeat images.
  • It is important for the radiologist to compare the new images taken with your previous mammograms - our staff will happily assist in this process of obtaining any outside images and reports.
  • If you are a candidate for an ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound) this can be scheduled and performed on the same day as your mammogram. The ABUS exam does require an order from your doctor.

Schedule Your Mammogram Today!

No physician referral is necessary. Appointments are available at two convenient locations: