Digital Breast Tomosynthesis or “3-D Mammography” is the latest advance in digital mammography. Now FDA-approved, this imaging tool yields a more accurate mammogram and can help detect breast cancer earlier.
Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)…
A conventional mammogram creates a 2-dimensional, flat picture of breast tissue. As a result, normal overlapping breast tissue can often hide tiny spots and other subtle signs of early stage breast cancer. Digital Breast Tomosynthesis combines conventional 2-D mammography with 3-D images of the breast. It allows radiologists to examine breast tissue in one millimeter layers. Fine details are more clearly visible. And the earlier cancer is detected, the more curable it is.
Tomosynthesis is a great option for women with dense breast tissue and one or more risk factors like family history. However, Tomosynthesis may or may not be covered by your insurance so ask when scheduling your mammogram. To find a facility that offers Tomosynthesis, check out this “Find a Facility Locator”.