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Overlapping breast tissue on a traditional 2D Mammogram can obscure or mimic suspicious findings. Breast Tomosynthesis/3D captures multiple images of the breast from different angles, allowing our Radiologists to examine the breast tissue one thin layer at a time—providing clearer visibility of the breast tissue and eliminating obscured or misrepresented findings that may occur with standard 2D Mammography. This leads to more accurate results, fewer callbacks for extra views and greater peace of mind.
During 2D Digital Mammography, a single image of the breast is created, resulting in overlapping breast tissue. There are times when this overlapping tissue can hide a suspicious finding, resulting in delayed treatment or could mimic a suspicious finding, resulting in a callback for additional exams. 3D Mammography (Breast Tomosynthesis/3D) creates multiple thin images of the breast, therefore reducing the challenge that comes with overlapping breast tissue. During Breast Tomosynthesis/3D, multiple images of each breast are taken from various angles during one sweeping motion of the mechanical arm, which takes only seconds longer than a traditional 2D Digital Mammogram.
During Breast Tomosynthesis/3D, the breast is positioned on the machine in the same way it is for traditional 2D Mammograms with at least two views of each breast taken. The arm of the machine makes a sweeping circular motion, taking multiple images of the breast as it moves for each view. Once complete, the images are sent to the computer where they can be viewed by the Radiologist.
Due to the newness of this technology, many health insurance companies do not cover this exam. To help offset the cost of offering this exciting new technology, while we will bill insurance for the Mammography exam, we may ask patients to pay a nominal fee for Breast Tomosynthesis/3D at the time of service.