3D mammography or Breast Tomosynthesis is a breakthrough in diagnosis of previously imperceptible lesions. The facility has mammography with 3D Tomosynthesis technology, which allows radiologists to detect more subtle lesions or distortions than a conventional 2D image.
Advantages of this world class service to our patients include
- Single acquisition of all required data
- Reduced compression times
- Reassurance that imaging minimises obscuring of abnormal breast tissue
- More definitive diagnosis
At Imaging Associates we endeavour to minimise the anxiety surrounding the suspicion of breast anomalies. Small procedures such as a biopsy may also be performed under Tomosynthesis or under ultrasound.
What is 3D Mammography?
3D Mammography or Breast tomosynthesis allows doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a time. Breast tomosynthesis is a new technology in the fight against breast cancer. Breast tomosynthesis may be used in conjunction with traditional digital mammography as part of your annual mammogram to capture more breast images. Breast tomosynthesis uses high powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices”— building what is essentially a “3-dimensional mammogram”.
What is Breast Tomosynthesis? Watch this short video.
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As with a standard mammogram, your breast will be compressed between two plates for this examination. During the tomosynthesis part of the exam, the x-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple breast images in just seconds. A computer then produces a 3D image of your breast tissue in one millimetre layers. Now the Radiologist can see breast tissue detail in a way never before possible. Instead of viewing all the complexities of the breast tissue in a flat image, the Radiologist can examine the tissue a millimetre at a time. Fine details are more clearly visible, no longer hidden by the tissue above and below. Using breast tomosynthesis and digital mammography together can reduce “call-backs” or the need for extra views.
You will not be required to undergo any preparation for this examination
Your appointment time will be 10-15 minutes for this examination. The radiologist will then decide if an ultrasound is required.