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Tomosynthesis/3D

What is Breast Tomosynthesis/3D?

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.

 

Common Questions

  • Why would my physician recommend Breast Tomosynthesis/3D?

    Your physician may recommend Breast Tomosynthesis/3D because it improves breast cancer detection.

  • How is Breast Tomosynthesis/3D different from Traditional Mammography?

    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. 

  • What are the benefits of Breast Tomosynthesis/3D?

    Studies have shown that the additional information provided by viewing three-dimensional images has resulted in:

    • Improved breast cancer detection
    • Improved characterization of suspicious findings
    • Improved localization of masses
    • Fewer callbacks (and associated follow-up procedures)
    • Greater peace of mind
  • What should I expect during Breast Tomosynthesis/3D?

    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.

  • Is Breast Tomosynthesis/3D covered by insurance?

    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.

  • How do I schedule a Breast Tomosynthesis/3D screening with Fairfax Radiology?

    Contact our Scheduling Department for an appointment:

    Phone: 703.698.4488 Monday through Friday 8am to 6pm

    Fax: 703.698.0864

    Or click here to make an appointment request

    Please have your written physician order and your insurance card in hand when making your appointment.

  • When are appointments offered for Breast Tomosynthesis/3D?

    For your convenience, appointments are available mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends at the locations listed below. Click on the link for hours and information about each location.

Available at the following locations

Breast Diagnostic Center

Breast Diagnostic Center

8318 Arlington Boulevard
Suite 200
Fairfax, VA 22031
United States

Tel
703.698.4455
Fax
703.205.9884
Centreville-Clifton Imaging Center

Centreville-Clifton Imaging Center

6211 Centreville Road
Suite 400
Centreville, VA 20121
United States

Tel
703.204.4411
Fax
703.961.8318
Fairfax Diagnostic Imaging Center

Fairfax Diagnostic Imaging Center

3801 University Drive
Suite 120 (CT, Ultrasound)
Suite 130 (DXA, Mammo, X-Ray)
Fairfax, VA 22030

Tel
703.698.4467
Fax
703.788.8422
Reston-Herndon Breast Imaging Center

Reston-Herndon Breast Imaging Center

106 Elden Street
Suite 16
Herndon, VA 20170
United States

Tel
703.481.3939
Fax
703.796.1103
Springfield Imaging Center

Springfield Imaging Center

5510 Alma Lane
Suite 100
Springfield, VA 22151
United States

Tel
703.698.4485
Fax
703.750.0302
Vienna Imaging Center

Vienna Imaging Center

115 Park Street SE
Suite 203
Vienna, VA 22180
United States

Tel
703.698.4456
Fax
703.242.4474