Spagnoli Family Cancer Center

3D Mammography

Gerry_editedThe latest in breast cancer imaging detection technology, 3D Mammography, is available at Orange Regional Medical Center’s Ray Moody, M.D., Breast Center. The entire purchase of the 3D mammography equipment was made possible by Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation.

3D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, is used in conjunction with 2D digital mammography. Reports have shown that 3D Mammography can improve the early detection of breast cancer by 40%, plus reduce the number of patients who require follow-up testing.

3D mammography is proven to:

  • Detect breast cancers earlier
  • Detect breast cancers that aren’t found by traditional imaging
  • Provide greater accuracy in pinpointing tumor size and location
  • Reduce the number of patents who require follow-up testing, which may lessen anxiety for patients

3D mammography produces three dimensional images of the breast from multiple angles using a small rotating digital scanner. Radiologists can move and enlarge the images to view any area of concern. When used in conjunction with 2D digital mammography, this increases the detection of smaller breast cancers earlier and provides greater accuracy in pinpointing tumor size and location.

What happens during the exam?

During the tomosynthesis portion of the exam, your breast will be under compression while the x-ray arm of the mammography machine makes a quick arc over the breast, taking a series of breast images at a number of angles.

The whole procedure should take approximately the same time as that of a traditional mammogram. The technologist sends your breast images electronically to the radiologist, who studies them and reports results to either your physician or directly to you.

Who Should Get 3D Mammography?

Woman over 40, once annually as long as in good health. Also, women who have breast-related symptoms may benefit from 3D mammography after evaluation from their doctor

How Much Radiation Will I Be Exposed To?

The amount of radiation exposure is equivalent to screen film mammography.

Ask your doctor if 3D Mammography is right for you.
To make an appointment, call 1-866-ORMC-TEST or (1-866-676-2837) today.