3D Breast Tomosynthesis Mammography
North Colorado Medical Center's Breast Center is the first facility in Northern Colorado to provide 3D Mammography. 3D mammography, also called breast tomosynthesis, is a revolutionary new imaging technology which provides better tissue visualization, improved breast tissue detail and proven reduction of “call-backs” by 20-40 percent.
During a 3D mammogram multiple breast images are taken from different angles producing a series of one-millimeter thick slices that create a 3D image of the breast. This provides greater visibility for the radiologist to see breast detail, increasing the likelihood of spotting abnormalities and a greater confidence to rule out benign tumors as cancerous.
In addition, 3D mammography finds cancers earlier than 2D mammography alone, with a 27 percent increase in cancer detection and a 40 percent increase in invasive cancer detection. The very low X-ray energy used for 3D mammography is below the FDA guidelines.
Currently, tomosynthesis is used in addition to your routine screening mammogram.
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Courtesy of Hologic, Inc.