3D mammography represents one of the most significant advances in breast cancer screening and prevention for all women in nearly four decades. (Mammography was first adopted in 1969).
Early detection is the most effective tool in treating breast cancer successfully. Tomosysthesis technology, also known as a 3D mammogram, allows radiologists to see cancer more easily, and sooner than ever before. Another great advantage of 3D mammography is that it helps avoid follow-up imaging and biopsies, as well as the anxiety that comes along with those call back appointments.
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.
About the Procedure
3D mammography creates three-dimensional images of the breast that enable radiologists to view the breast in very thin layers. The individual images of each layer of breast tissue help reveal abnormalities and early cancers. When you schedule your mammogram, the staff at the breast center can provide details about the differences between 2D digital mammography and 3D mammography.
Charges For 3D Mammography
This new technology combines 2D and 3D mammography. Most insurance companies cover the 2D mammography portion of this exam.
Medicare and some, but not all, insurance providers cover the full cost of 3D Mammography. Some insurance providers cover most of the cost but leave a portion for the patient to pay. To be sure about your individual situation, please call your mammography site.