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3D Mammography Services
A mammogram is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system for examination of the breasts. Most medical experts agree that successful treatment of breast cancer often is linked to early diagnosis, primarily through the use of mammograms. Screening mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them.
Take your annual screening mammograms to the next level with Tomosynthesis or 3D Mammography, the biggest breakthrough in breast imaging in 25 years. 3D technology allows our breast imaging radiologist to view breast tissue more clearly, increasing our chance of catching cancers even smaller than before.
Southtowns Radiology is proud to offer Genius 3D Mammography (tomosynthesis) to Western New York patients. Genius 3D mammography detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives by up to 40%. This means one simple thing: early detection. Genius 3D mammography is the first and only clinically superior 3D mammography approved by the FDA. Genius 3D mammography allows doctors to see masses and distortions associated with cancers and precancerous cells significantly more clearly than conventional 2D mammography. Instead of viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with traditional 2D mammography, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below.
Questions about 3D Mammography
The radiologists recommend that all women have a 3D mammogram with their yearly screening but especially those women who:
- Are having their first or baseline mammogram
- Have dense breasts
- Have a family history of breast cancer
Doctors use a breast cancer risk assessment tool, known as the Gail Model, to evaluate a woman’s personal lifetime risk of developing breast cancer based on factors such as age, history of childbirth or family history. Women with a five year risk of 1.67 or higher are classified as “high-risk”. This factor may influence whether you want to choose 3D mammography screening. To take the assessment test yourself, visit Gail Model for Breast Cancer Risk Assessment
A Genius 3D mammography exam is very similar to having a traditional 2D mammogram. Like a 2D mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast, and take images from different angles.
There’s no additional compression required with Genius 3D mammography, and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view.
The technologist will view the images of your breasts at the computer workstation to ensure quality images have been captured for review. A radiologist will then examine the images and report results to either your physician or directly.
Very low x-ray energy is used during the exam, just about the same as a film screen mammogram. The total patient dose of a Genius 3D mammogram is well within the FDA safety standards for mammography.
Insurance coverage for 3D mammography will vary depending on the provider and the frequency in which the test is done (i.e. every year vs. every 2 years). The best way to find out if you have coverage is to call the customer service number on your insurance card and ask a representative there.
Yes. Eight out of nine women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease. With early detection, the 5 year survival rate for breast cancer is nearly 100%. For these reasons, early detection matters for every woman. Genius 3D mammography is the only mammography technology proven to detect 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduce false positives by up to 40%.
If you have additional questions, we encourage you to talk with your doctor or ask to speak with a member of our medical staff.
A screening mammogram is your annual mammogram that is done every year. Sometimes, the radiologist may ask you to come back for follow-up images, called a diagnostic mammogram, further evaluate an area of uncertainty in the breast, or if there is a breast complaint that needs to be evaluated.