Beekley Center for Breast Health & Wellness

3D Mammography

Early detection is the best defense against breast cancer. Use the latest is breast health technology for more accurate results sooner.

3D mammography

3D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, is the newest technology in breast imaging. Advanced technology provides physicians with more detailed images of your breast for the most accurate diagnosis.

How 3D mammography Works

3D mammography creates a 3-dimensional picture by taking multiple images of each breast from many different angles.  Conventional 2D mammography takes only two x-rays of each breast from two different angles.
The breast is positioned the same way as in a conventional 2D mammogram, but with 3D mammography, the X-ray tube moves in an arc around the breast while images are taken. The information is then sent to a computer, where it is assembled to produce clear, highly focused 3-dimensional images of the breast.  
Although women might not notice a difference in how the exam is performed, the benefits of the new technology are significant.  Studies show that 3d mammography offers improved clarity and cancer detection, especially in women with dense breast tissue.   Providing early detection of breast cancer is key to successful treatment and cure, as well as for giving women peace of mind. 

2D vs. 3D Mammography Images

Patients who have a screening mammogram are sometimes called back for additional images because the 2D images may not provide enough information for radiologists to give complete results.  Because of the added detail on 3D images, many women will have fewer callbacks, sparing the anxiety, inconvenience and expense of coming back for further imaging.

Higher Quality Care Means Better Outcomes

The 3D Mammography Unit at Bristol Hospital is FDA approved and safe for both screening and diagnostic mammograms.  Beekley Center is proud to offer this advancement in breast cancer screening as part of our comprehensive breast health and wellness services.

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