3D MAMMOGRAPHY
BREAST TOMOSYNTHESIS


Exam Preparation

Please do not use any deodorant, powder or perfume the day of the exam.
Limit caffeine intake two weeks prior to mammogram.
Schedule mammograms 7-10 days after start of menstrual cycle.
Please notify office 24 hours prior if appointment requires rescheduling.
Please wear a 2-piece garment.

Exam Duration

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.
Learn more: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.

Learn more

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.

To learn more about how Tomosynthesis works, watch the video above (courtesy of Hologic, Inc.).

Results

Once the exam is complete, a radiologist will review the study and dictate a report. This report will be sent to the doctor who ordered your study.
Results are available within 24 - 48 hours.
We recommend that you call and schedule a follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss the results.

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