Your 3D Mammography Decision
At Southtowns Radiology, you may choose to have a 3D mammogram when you have your annual screening even if your doctor does not specifically order it. The information gained from a 3D mammography screening has been shown in multiple studies to be beneficial to all women. Because of this, we let women make the choice to have a 3D mammogram done. We want to give you all the information you may need to consider when you making your decision.
What is Genius 3D Mammography?
Digital breast tomosynthesis (tomo), also known as 3D mammography, is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool to improve the early detection of breast cancer. During the 3D part of the exam, an x-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in seconds.
Genius 3D mammography, the only mammography technology proven to detect 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduce false positives by up to 40%.**
Who can have a Genius 3D Mammography exam?
Genius 3D mammography, offered at Southtowns Radiology, is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram. Multiple clinical studies show that all women, regardless of breast type or density, benefit from 3D mammography.
Who does Southtowns Radiology recommend have 3D mammography?
The radiologists recommend that all women consider having 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
How do I know my personal risk for 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 chi
ldbirth or family history. Women with a 5 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:
What should I expect during the Genius 3D mammography exam?
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.
What about radiation?
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.
Is 3D mammography covered by my insurance? How much does it cost?
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. You may also elect to pay for the additional 3D screening out of pocket with a check, credit card or health savings account for a cost of $60.00.
At your 3D mammogram appointment, a member of our staff will inform you of any possible costs associated with the screening or diagnostic tomosythesis exam during registration. You may also view or to print and complete our Advance Beneficiary Form here.
Early Detection Matters.
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.
** Friedewald S, Rafferty E , Rose S, et al. “Breast Cancer Screening using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography.” Journal of the American Medical Association. 2014 July;311(24):2499-2507. Epub 2014 June 24.