San Juan Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, the most advanced medical technology in the quest for earlier detection of breast cancer. As a Mammography Accredited Facility, San Juan Regional Medical Center’s gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. For our patients’ convenience, we offer 3D mammography in two convenient locations: the hospital and Outpatient Diagnostic Center on 30th Street. Learn more about the benefits of this advanced technology below.
1. What is digital breast tomosynthesis?
Digital tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, is an advanced form of mammography that images the breast in thin one millimeter slices. This allows radiologists to look for abnormalities in many different areas of the breast compared to 2D mammography, which shows the length and depth of the breast from just two angles.
2. Who should get 3D mammography?
3D mammography is particularly helpful for women with dense breast tissue, a strong family history of breast cancer, a history of fibrocystic changes and women who are regularly called for additional tests. Clinical research supports that 3D mammography is a benefit to all patients regardless of differences in breast density.
3. What are the advantages of having a digital tomosynthesis exam if I am visiting for a routine screening mammogram?
Tomosynthesis helps to distinguish normal overlapping tissue from an underlying mass, and can lead to a more accurate diagnosis. Tomosynthesis reduces the chances of screening patients having to return for additional imaging tests. Research has shown that when 3D imaging is added to standard 2D imaging, there is a 37 percent reduction in unnecessary patient callbacks.
4. What are the differences in the actual procedures?
While in compression, the mammogram and tomosynthesis are obtained at the same time. Getting a 3D mammogram does not add time to your procedure. There is no discomfort difference between a 2D and 3D mammogram screening. The radiation dose is equivalent between tomosynthesis and the traditional mammogram. When performing both 2D and 3D screenings, the total radiation dose will be double, but still well below the FDA regulated limit.
5. Does insurance pay for tomosynthesis?
Yes, most insurance pays for 3D mammography screening. Check with your provider. Otherwise, out-of-pocket costs range between $50 and $100.
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