Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography
Tomosynthesis is a breast imaging tool that can successfully detect breast lumps quickly, which leads to early detection and a more effective treatment regime. While traditional mammography has been the standard for breast imaging and testing, tomosynthesis provides a more comprehensive view of your breasts by taking multiples images from varying angles. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we are committed to providing the highest care in women’s and breast imaging currently available. Instead of the traditional 2-D mammogram, tomosynthesis (TOMO) is performed using a 4-second sweep of the X-ray tube to give 1mm-thin images of the breast. This method reduces overlapping structures in the breast from obscuring small tumors, which increases the likelihood that an early stage cancer will be detected.
What is breast tomosynthesis?
Breast tomosynthesis, also known as a 3D mammogram or 3D breast tomosynthesis, is a breast imaging tool that creates multiple images of the breasts in order to evaluate breast health. In some cases, a breast lump or irregular tissue may be hidden during a mammogram by overlying breast tissue. Because tomosynthesis takes multiple images from various angles, less breast lumps or abnormalities go unnoticed.
What can tomosynthesis help diagnose?
Digital breast tomosynthesis is a breast imaging tool that can help to more accurately detect the presence of breast cancer or tumors. Because a 3D mammogram can more efficiently detect a breast lump or tumor, fewer mammograms or breast imaging tests are required. Additionally, while traditional mammograms can create a false positive or require additional breast imaging that is unnecessary, tomosynthesis is designed to accurately assess breast health and reduce the possibility of incorrect readings.
- Breast tomosynthesis may also result in
- Earlier detection of small breast cancers that may be hidden on a conventional mammogram
- Greater accuracy in pinpointing the size, shape and location of breast abnormalities
- Fewer unnecessary biopsies or additional tests
- Greater likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumors
- Clearer images of abnormalities within dense breast tissue
What can I expect from tomosynthesis?
To begin your 3D mammogram, you will change into a gown and enter the test room. As with a traditional mammogram, your breasts will be placed within the mammogram machine. The 3D mammogram machine will then apply slight pressure to your breast. The tomosynthesis unit will begin to take multiple X-rays of your breast, but rather than remain stationary like a traditional mammogram, the unit will move in a slow arch to obtain various images from different views. All of these images obtained during 3D breast tomosynthesis are then combined to make a three-dimensional image of your breast. With breast tomosynthesis, there is less of a possibility that a breast tumor or lump will be missed. Also, false positives are much less likely with 3D mammography.
How long does a 3D mammogram take, and when will I get my results?
The entire process of a 3D mammogram usually only takes thirty minutes, but the length of your individual 3D mammogram may vary. Our radiologists will promptly begin to view your 3D mammogram results and assess your breast health. We strive to provide the most accurate results as quickly as possible. Once your 3D mammogram results are available, we will send a copy of your results to your physician who will then discuss your results with you. If a suspicious growth is found during your 3D breast exam, additional breast imaging such as another 3D mammogram may be needed.
How can I learn more about tomosynthesis?
Our radiologists at Park Avenue Radiologists would be happy to discuss a 3D mammogram with you. For an appointment or additional information, please call 212.888.1000, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or request an appointment online.