3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis) Advantages on Long Island

3d mammogram

What is 3D mammography?

3D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis or 3D breast imaging, is an advanced technology in the fight against breast cancer that allows doctors to examine your breast tissue one layer at a time. The 3D imaging system uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices” for your radiologist to review.

A good analogy for a 3D mammogram is thinking of pages in a book. If you look down at the cover, you cannot see all of the pages – but when you open it up, you can go through the entire book page-by-page to see everything between the covers. 3D mammography was designed with the same concept in mind.

At PURE Mammography on Long Island, we are dedicated to providing the most advanced and accurate screening technology possible. For this reason, our facility offers state-of-the-art 3D mammograms at the same price as a traditional 2D mammogram.

What can I expect during my 3D mammogram?

From a patient experience point of view, the 3D mammogram procedure will seem exactly the same as a traditional mammogram. Just as with a digital mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast under a paddle, and take images from different angles.

During the 3D mammogram, the x-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple breast images in seconds. Your doctor is then able to view your breast tissue in one-millimeter layers. There is no additional compression required with 3D breast imaging, and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view. The technologist will view the images at a computer workstation to ensure adequate images have been captured for review by a radiologist, who then studies them and reports results to your physician and you.

2D Mammography Versus 3D Mammography

2D mammogram vs 3D mammogram accuracy

A malignancy easily missed with conventional 2D mammography was clearly seen with 3D mammography.

What makes a 3D mammogram different?

While digital mammography is still one of the most advanced technologies available today, it is only a 2-dimensional picture of the breast. Conventional 2D mammograms can be limiting due to overlapping layers of tissue, which can sometimes produce unclear results, false alarms, or worse – cancer being missed.

A 3D mammogram is more likely to get it right the first time. Over 100 clinical studies have shown that by using this technology, doctors are able to screen for breast cancer with much greater accuracy. 3D breast imaging detects more invasive breast cancers earlier and reduces false positives by up to 40% compared to a conventional mammogram. It is the biggest breakthrough in breast cancer detection in 30 years.

Do all mammography centers offer 3D mammography?

Some mammography centers may not offer 3D mammography or may offer it as an upgrade to the traditional 2D exam. This upgrade usually costs more, but at PURE, we offer 3D mammograms at no extra cost.

3D mammograms are the single best tool to find breast cancer at its earliest stages — long before you or your doctor can feel a lump. Having regular 3D mammograms performed by an experienced board-certified breast imaging specialist is the best way to detect abnormalities early. Visit PURE Mammography in Lake Grove today, no appointment necessary. You can also call 631-652-3424 or fill out the form on this page to learn more about PURE or to pre-schedule a 3D breast imaging appointment.

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