3D Mammography

 The Center for Diagnostic Imaging is proud to offer 3D mammography to our patients.

“We expect it to help us detect more breast cancer, especially more early small-invasive breast cancer,” said Dr. Ernesto Go of CDI who has nearly 40 years of mammography experience. “3D mammography is the most significant development in breast cancer detection in four decades.”

3D Mammography

3D mammography significantly improves the way breast cancer is detected and diagnosed. It is a technological breakthrough that is detecting more cancer with less recalls. New studies published by The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) and The American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) report that 3D Mammography finds as much as 44% more invasive cancers. The studies gathered data from nearly half a million patients, making it the most comprehensive to date.

One of the drawbacks of using traditional 2D mammograms is being able to accurately see the overlapping tissue within the breast. The use of 3D Mammography allows the radiologist the ability to see the breast layer by layer in fine detail, in all types of breasts.

Another benefit of using 3D mammography is the reduction in the false-positive recall rate. Waiting for the results of a mammogram can be a tense experience for many women. According to the JAMA study, recall testing decreased by 16%.

Preparing for Your Exam

Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or around the breast area the day of the exam. These can appear on the image as artifacts.

If your breasts are usually tender before your period, try to schedule an appointment one week following your period. This will allow for better compression of the breasts.

If possible, obtain prior mammograms and make them available to the radiologist at the time of your appointment. Since normal breast appearance varies from woman to woman and the change in appearance caused by breast cancer may be very subtle, having the prior examinations available is very important for the radiologist interpreting your mammogram.

Early detection is critical. CDI is proud to offer the latest technology in the fight against breast cancer.

3D mammography has been described as the most significant advancement in the early detection of breast cancer in the past four decades.