3D Mammography/Tomosynthesis

3d mammography

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis or 3D mammography is state-of-the-art technology using x-rays to produce a three dimensional digital image of the breast in conjunction with a 2D image obtained with traditional digital mammography.

Tomosynthesis uses x-rays to image the breast, and rotates around the breast while taking multiple images. Those images are then assembled to produce a highly focused 3D image. Tomosynthesis allows radiologists to gain better visualization of the breast, which is the primary benefit of this new technology. Other benefits include:

  • Earlier detection of small breast cancers that may be hidden
  • No overlapping breast tissue from breast compression
  • Greater accuracy in pinpointing size, shape and location of abnormalities
  • Greater likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumors, which occur in 15% of breast cancer patients
  • More detailed images of dense breast tissue