3D mammography (Tomosynthesis)
3D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis, is the newest advance in breast imaging designed to provide better, earlier breast cancer detection for patients. 3D mammography can be done in combination with a traditional digital mammogram. With 3D mammography, the X-ray tube moves over the breast in an arc during the exposure, acquiring multiple images from different angles. The result is a stack of thin 1mm “slices.” This technique provides greater visual detail of the breast tissue and allows the radiologist to scroll though the images as if flipping through the pages of a book.
What are the benefits of 3D mammograms?
- 3D mammography exam results are more accurate than conventional 2D mammograms, detecting 20-65% more invasive breast cancers.
- A 3D mammography exam also provides greater peace of mind by reducing the chance of unnecessary callbacks. In most cases, a 3D mammography exam reduces callbacks by up to 40% compared to 2D alone.
- Dense breast tissue can make it difficult for doctors to detect breast cancer during annual screenings, which is concerning since women with dense breasts are more likely to develop breast cancer.
- Studies show that a 3D mammography exam has greater accuracy than 2D mammography for women across a variety of ages and breast densities. It is the only mammogram that is FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone.
- This is good news for patients, as nearly fifty percent of women between the ages of 40 and 74 have dense breasts.
In addition, we’re proud to provide a curved compression surface that offers a more comfortable patient experience without compromising image quality, exam time, dose or workflow.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) systems allow medical professionals to see the inside of the body with outstanding clarity. Breast MRI is a tool for evaluating breast problems, and it can be used in addition to mammography in certain cases.
Mammography uses low-dose X-rays to look at the breasts, while MRI takes pictures using a very powerful magnet and radio waves. An MRI scan involves no surgery, no radiation, no hospitalization and has no known side effects.
Who should have a Breast MRI?
Breast MRI is used to screen women who have:
- A mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 breast cancer gene
- A first-degree relative (parent, sibling, child) with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation
- An increased lifetime risk of developing breast cancer
- Had radiation to the chest between the ages of 10 and 30
- Any rare genetic diseases that increase their risk for breast cancer
A Breast MRI is also used to:
- Look at abnormalities found during mammography, physical exam or ultrasound as recommended by the radiologist
- Look at breast implants and the tissues around them if there is a medical concern
- Look at the breasts of women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer before surgery
- Check on the effectiveness of chemotherapy for some women being treated for breast cancer
- See the difference between scar tissue and a recurrent tumor after breast cancer surgery
Stereotactic breast biopsy uses mammography to help locate a breast abnormality and remove a tissue sample for examination under a microscope. It's less invasive than surgical biopsy and can be an excellent way to evaluate calcium deposits or tiny masses that are not visible on ultrasound.
Ultrasound imaging of the breast uses sound waves to produce pictures of the internal structures of the breast. It is primarily used to help diagnose breast lumps or other abnormalities found during a physical exam, mammogram or breast MRI. These tools used together help provide better visibility for patients with dense breasts yielding better results and ultimately, early diagnosis. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive and does not use radiation.
Ultrasound guided procedures
- Breast Biopsies
- Breast Wire Localization
- Cyst Aspirations