What is 3-Dimensional Mammography?
The Breast Center at UT Health Northeast provides 3-dimensional digital mammography, the newest screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool used to improve the early detection of breast cancer. The technology takes X-rays of multiple slices of breast tissue and then recreates them as a 3-dimensional picture of the breast. It’s especially beneficial for women with dense breast tissue.
It is FDA approved, and Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurances cover it.
What is the difference between 2-D and 3-D Mammography?
A 2-D mammography takes images of the breast from the top and from the other side. A 3-D mammography takes images of multiple thin slices of breast tissue and reformats them into a 3-dimensional image that the radiologist can look through to detect irregularities.
What are the benefits of having a 3-Dimensional mammography?
A recent study published in in the April 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 3-D mammograms are better at finding breast cancer and also reducing the need for follow-up tests than conventional or 2-dimensional screening. Most importantly, it gives the doctor a much clearer picture, making it easier to detect cancer earlier when it’s more treatable.
Scheduling your appointment in the Breast Center
For a mammography screening you don’t need a referral to be a patient of the the Breast Center, just call (903) 877-8793 to make an appointment. For those who have a symptom, such as a lump or pain, call your doctor to get a referral for further testing.