3D mammography (or breast tomosynthesis) is a breakthrough in the fight against breast cancer. The facility has 3D mammography, which allows radiologists to detect more lesions compared with a conventional 2D mammogram.
Advantages of this world class service to our patients include:
- Combined high definition 3D and synthetic 2D imaging in a single breast compression
- Reduced compression times and radiation dose when compared with 3D combined with conventional 2D imaging
- Reassurance that 3D imaging minimises the obscuring effect of normal breast tissue when compared with conventional 2D imaging
- 3D imaging often provides a more definitive diagnosis than conventional 2D imaging
What is 3D Mammography?
3D mammography (or breast tomosynthesis) provides numerous thin high definition images of each breast, and allows radiologists to examine the breast tissue one layer at a time, rather than trying to evaluate the whole breast with just one 2D image.
What is Breast Tomosynthesis?
To View Dr Daniel Lee discussing the benefits of breast tomosynthesis
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 a few seconds. A computer then produces a 3D image of your breast tissue using multiple one-millimetre high definition layers. Now the radiologist can see the breast tissue detail in a way never before possible. Instead of viewing all the complexities of the breast tissue in a single flat image, the radiologist can examine the breast tissue a millimetre at a time. Fine details are more clearly visible, no longer hidden by the breast tissue above and below. Using breast tomosynthesis can reduce “call-backs” or the need for extra views when compared with conventional 2D mammograms.
You will not be required to undergo any preparation for this examination
Your appointment time will be 30 minutes for this examination. A breast ultrasound is often performed after the mammogram.