3D Mammography

Finding 35 Percent More Cancers Earlier*

3D mammography represents one of the most significant advances in breast cancer screening and prevention for all women in nearly 4 decades (when mammography was first adopted in 1969).

Early detection is the most effective tool in approaching breast cancer. Tomosynsthesis technology, also known as a 3D mammogram, allows radiologists to see cancer more easily, and sooner than ever before. Studies have shown that with 3D mammograms, 35 percent more cancers are found earlier.*

Another great advantage of 3D mammography is that it helps avoid followup imaging and biopsies and the anxiety that comes along with those call back appointments. The study shows a significant drop in the need to be called back – 38 percent lower recall rates* – and an 11 percent drop in biopsy rates.*

3D mammography may also be particularly useful for detecting cancer in women at high risk of developing breast cancer including those with dense breast tissue and/or a family history.

*June 2013 issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR)

About the Procedure

When you schedule your mammogram, ask if you can schedule at a location offering 3D mammography. The staff at the breast center can provide details about the differences between 2D digital mammography and 3D mammography.