Early detection is the key to breast cancer survivorship. A screening mammogram is a low-dose X-ray used to evaluate a woman’s breast health. It helps doctors see whether there are any abnormalities or changes in the breast tissue that may need treatment. With this in mind, we are offering 3D mammography screenings in addition to 2D screenings.
What is a 3D mammography screening?
It’s an X-ray that takes multiple images of your breast tissue. The images are then converted to a 3D image that allows the radiologist to see the tissue in greater detail.
Does a 3D mammogram still compress the tissue?
Yes, but there is no additional compression of the breast tissue and it only takes a few more seconds for each view.
Will I be exposed to more radiation?
With the latest low dose software used at The Everett Clinic, a 3D mammography exam delivers a lowe dose of radiation that is comparable to a 2D mammogram.
Dr. Steve Martinez, a fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist at The Everett Clinic says, “Almost as important as the ability for 3D mammography to identify breast cancer is its ability to tell doctors when it’s not there.”
Benefits of 3D mammograms
- It allows your doctor to examine your breast tissue layer by layer.
- There is less chance of being called back for another look.
- It detects more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives. This means one simple thing: early detection.