3D vs 2D Mammogram – Which Is Right for You?

It’s that time of year for women over 40—mammogram time.

Let’s face it; most women don’t enjoy getting their annual mammogram. At Southtowns Radiology we understand that and try to make things are simple and uneventful as possible for you. That starts by fully understanding the test, and your options.

One of the most common questions we hear is: “What’s the difference between a 2D and 3D mammogram?”

Medical imaging and technology are moving along at extraordinary rates—and so has mammogram technology.

Earlier conventional mammograms used film X-ray. However, similar to regular cameras that switched from film to digital, so did mammogram machines. By 2015, 95 percent of mammograms performed in the U.S. had switched to digital imaging.

Originally, it was just a 2D image that was flat. But as times—and technology—advanced, 3D images were introduced and perfected. With 3D mammograms (also known as tomosynthesis), the camera takes continuous images throughout sildenafil online “slices,” resulting in better imagery identifying fine detail that may have been hidden by tissue above or below in the 2D views.

Do 3D mammograms hurt more or add more radiation?

Good news: it doesn’t hurt more! From the patient’s perspective, there is little difference in the procedure between 2D or 3D mammogram.

Initially, when 3D was introduced, it had to be conducted in conjunction with 2D, resulting in more radiation to the patient. In 2013 the FDA decided that with the improvement of 3D imagery machines, it could be used on its own.

Does the 3D mammogram detect more?

At Southtowns Radiology, we are proud to offer Genius 3D Mammography, which detects 41 percent more invasive cancers and reduces false positives by up to 40 percent.

What does that mean for you?

Early detection – the key to good survival rates.

Fewer “call backs” or additional views, which radiologists use to look more carefully at areas of overlapping tissue.

Only 1 in 9 women have a family history of breast cancer. With very early detection, survival rates can be up to 100 percent – a great improvement over years ago. Plus, the 3D machines use no more radiation than conventional film mammograms.

There are several other factors you may need to decide on such as insurance coverage. It is important to find out if 3D mammography is right for you.

To find out more about 3D mammograms call the Buffalo experts at Southtowns Radiology today!

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