A new screening and diagnostic tool
3-D mammography, also called breast tomosynthesis, is a new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection that can be performed in conjunction with a traditional 2-D mammogram.
Tomosynthesis offers better visualization for your radiologist, which can result in fewer callbacks and less anxiety.
A 3-D mammogram is often recommended for women with dense breasts or with a family history of breast cancer.
What to expect
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.