3D Mammography

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October 1, 2013:
The market for 3d mammography and tomosynthesis has gotten a lot bigger, and these services are in more demand.A new story in USA today outlines the many pros and cons of tomosynthesis, including the higher cost, additional radiation, and limitations of what can be seen. The good news is that for some body and tissue types the 3D mammogram also is better at finding tumor and cancer tissue than the original 2D mammography.Updates Added.

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What are the advantages of 3D Mammography?

Tomosynthesis Breast Imaging Devices

3D Mammography offers another powerful tool in the early detection of breast cancer. Recent FDA approval of 3D Mammograms has led to a lot of interest in this new method of mammography, which allows doctors to "look through" tissue and better pinpoint the locations of suspect cells and tumor masses. As a result, an improved rate of detection, as well as a lower amount of false positives, can be realized. Better yet, the digital nature of the imaging means that doctors can consult from thousands of miles away as long as they have access to the digital imaging, and specialists can view 3D mammograms without having to wait for X-Ray films to be delivered by courier or mail.

Also called the pain free mammogram, or tomosynthesis, 3D mammography is able to look through dense tissue, and use less compression to get imaging results. Therefore, it may make the process of getting mammograms somewhat more pleasant, which can lead to more common checkups. The arguments against 3D Mammography include that the cost is not always covered by insurance and that there is more radiation involved in the process. For some women, the traditional mammogram is just as effective and will be covered by just about any health plan. Nonetheless, the reduction of "false alarms" would limit the need for extra biopsies and the psychological trauma in waiting for a test result or experiencing a misdiagnosis.

Notes and Special Information

Special note 3D Mammography, like regular mammograms, still need to be done regulary to be effective.