Technology for breast cancer screenings have advanced through the years. It used to be that you would go to the gynecologist, have your breasts briefly examined and maybe, just maybe, they would take some x-ray to see if there are any underlying issues. However, with more and more women over the age of 50 getting breast cancer, thorough and consistent mammograms are now required for women of this age group. As a part of your breast examination, we at UTMB Radiology will take a 3D mammogram of your breasts. Unlike other mammograms, however, this type of imaging is unique for a variety of reasons. Let’s take a closer look.
Just like how you find a sock or two hiding under the darkest parts of your bed sheets or even under your bed, cancer cells can sometimes hide in the smallest parts of the breast. With traditional 2D mammography, there left a lot of room for cancer cells to go undetected. However, 3D mammography gives oncologists an entire glimpse of the breasts and breast tissue to help with early breast cancer detection.
Is it a lump or is it a tumor? With 2D mammography, there was a lot more room for error and misdiagnosis with patients. Because of its precision, 3D mammography reduces the chance of error which gives patients less anxiety in the process.
With the combination of a biopsy, 3D mammography helps doctors land on a better and faster diagnosis– which means that in most instances, patients can start treatment faster and get back on the road to recovery sooner than later.
As you can see, there are many unique benefits of 3D mammography. Want to learn more about this and other types of imaging? Contact our Galveston office today!