What is Breast Tomosynthesis?
Breast tomosynthesis or 3D mammography is an FDA approved advanced technology that can improve detection of breast cancer, particularly in women with dense breast since it provides a clearer image of dense breast tissue.
How to Prepare?
If you have had any prior mammograms, breast ultrasounds or breast MRIs at another facility, please bring them with you on the day of your appointment.
On the day of the exam, you may eat normally. Take all of your prescribed medications as directed. You should wear loose and comfortable clothing.
You may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure. Please do not use deodorant, powders, lotion or perfume on your breast or underarm area. These substances can be detected by x-rays and may distort the image.
What to Expect?
The breast is compressed slightly longer than usual with multiple images acquired. The 3D mammogram is performed at the same time as the 2D mammogram, resulting in a slightly higher radiation dose safely below the FDA specified limit. In addition, the number of call backs is decreased, lessening patient’s anxiety.