Digital Breast tomosynthesis/3D Mammogram is a revolutionary new tool that help doctors detect breast cancer earlier than previously possible. This technology allows the physician to see thin mammography sections of the entire breast. This results in better detail without the superimposed tissue above and below each section that can hide abnormalities on the traditional two-dimensional image provided by mammography.
Breast tomosynthesis, also called 3-D mammography, the latest mammography technology, can produce three-dimensional images of the breast, which leads to better cancer screening and detection. Using this procedure, the breast is viewed as many thin slices, which can be combined into a 3-D picture.
The benefits of 3-D mammography include:
Better visualization leading to earlier detection of abnormalities in the breast
Clearer images provide a greater level of detail in examining your breast
Fewer unnecessary biopsies
You should not use deodorant or powder under your arms before having a mammogram.
You should wear a blouse or top that is easy to remove for the exam.
During the 3-D part of the breast exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over your breast while taking multiple images. Then, a computer produces a 3-D image of your breast tissue in one millimeter slices.
3-D mammography complements standard 2-D mammography and is performed at the same time with the same system. There is no additional compression required and it only takes a few seconds more for each view.
For the patient, there is no change in how the images are obtained. Just as in a routine mammogram, Breast Tomosynthesis images are obtained with the breast held briefly in compression. The rotating exposure of Breast Tomosynthesis lasts for approximately ten seconds longer, but the result is a stack of image slices, similar to a CT Scan, that provides clear breast detail.
Results are available within 24 - 48 hours.
Once the exam is complete, a physician will review the study and dictate a report. This report will be sent to the doctor who ordered your study. We recommend that you call and schedule a follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss the results.
Typically, the healthcare provider calls, faxes or submits an online request for the breast tomosynthesis exam. Then we call you to confirm your appointment date and time. However, if your healthcare provider asks you to schedule your exam, simply call us or visit our Request an Appointment page. We will make sure the exam is timely and convenient and that it meets any special requirements of your insurance carrier and healthcare provider.
When you call, we will need to know which exam your healthcare provider ordered and why. We will also ask you for your insurance information. You will need to pay any co-pay or deductible at the time of the exam. We conveniently file your claim with your insurance provider.
Most of our facilities offer same-day (insurance permitting), evening and weekend appointments. Prior to your appointment, we will give you the estimated total cost, what you will owe at the time of service, and payment options. We will also fax reports and provide images to your healthcare provider.
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