Tomosynthesis (3D Mammogram)

3D Mammography is available for patients along with their annual screening mammogram. While it has shown to benefit all types of breast composition, this is especially beneficial in women with dense breast tissue.

Learn More About Tomosynthesis (3D Mammogram)

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), commonly called 3D Mammography, uses low energy x-rays to recreate 3D images of the breast. While conventional mammograms take pictures of the breast from 2 angles (up and down and also left and right) DBT takes multiple images from many different angles. 3D takes place at the same time the conventional mammogram is being acquired. During the 3D portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in an arc over the breast. Very low X-ray energy is used, about the same as a traditional mammogram.

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis is an FDA approved 3D imaging modality that gives radiologists the ability to examine breast tissue in reconstructed 1 millimeter thin slices in addition to the traditional mammography views. The additional views help to reduce confusion of overlapping tissue and hopefully reduce call backs.

How Should I Prepare?

To request 3D Mammography in addition to your mammogram, call 850-878-6104 as soon as possible before your scheduled appointment. While you may add 3D on the day of your visit, there may be a wait. For information on insurance coverage, please call and speak with a Women’s Imaging Representative.

When Will I Receive Results?

A 3D mammogram is performed on state-of-the-art digital equipment, which is able to obtain multiple low-dose images of a compressed breast from different angles. The process is performed at the same time as a traditional 2D mammogram, on the same scanner with no noticeable difference in the experience or time expended for the patient. While the breast is compressed for the standard 2D image, a second set of images is obtained to create a 3D image of the breast, allowing the radiologist to evaluate the breast tissue one “slice” at a time.

As with our screening and diagnostic mammography, our radiologists will review your exam results with you and explain any further recommendations. Your primary care physician will receive the results of your exam within 5-7 days of your visit. You may contact your physician for any information pertaining to the findings. Meet our Radiologists.

What Should I Expect?

The 3D procedure takes place during your breast compression for your screening mammogram and adds only a few seconds to the full exam.

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We’re thrilled to be able to offer tomosynthesis to our patients, but it’s important to remember that 2D digital mammography remains the gold standard for early detection and has been proven to reduce mortality from breast cancer in all age groups starting at age 40.
1 in 8 women is affected by breast cancer. Call 850-878-6104 to schedule your mammogram today.
Talk to your doctor today to find out if 3D mammography is right for you, and rest easy knowing that, either way, Radiology Associates has you covered. To learn more about tomosynthesis, visit one of the sites below:

  • cancer.gov
  • radiologyinfo.gov
  • acr.org
  • hologic.com