For several years, the idea of mammography has been debated by scientists, physicians, and patients. Adult women are encouraged by their family doctors to undergo routine screenings based on their personal medical background and family history of breast cancer. In recent years, we have seen a shift in technology that seems to give us what we need: greater accuracy in fewer scans. Here, we will take a closer look at 3D mammography.
What is 3D mammography?
The term for the 3D assessment of breast tissue is digital breast tomosynthesis. The screening method is revolutionary in that the device itself is not stationary, as is the standard mammography machine. The 3D device moves across the breast quickly, capturing numerous images as it passes over tissues. What this does is create “slices,” or localized images. In some cases, an interactive animation is created for close observation.
How this Model Differs from Standard Mammography
There is a significant difference between 2D and 3D imaging. The 3D model allows for piece by piece observation, like looking through a book. When viewing smaller pieces of data, radiologists are able to view the more finite details of breast tissue, improving their opportunity to identify abnormalities quickly. The limitations of 3D images may require additional scans to further examine potentially unhealthy cells.
Several studies have evaluated the success of 3D mammography. When used as an adjunct to standard 2D imaging, this method increases the detection of breast cancer by 10% to 30%. What this means is that breast cancer is detected sooner, when it can be treated in the most conservative manner. The early detection of breast cancer is the primary benefit of advanced imaging. Right behind that is the peace of mind a woman gains by the achievement of a prompt and accurate diagnosis.
Yes, You Still Need the Recommended Screenings
All women should maintain annual breast cancer screenings, because every woman is at risk, regardless of specific factors such as family history of the disease. The thing about mammograms is that this in-depth image of breast tissue can detect problematic cells before obvious signs such as a small lump can be seen or felt. 1 in 8 American women is diagnosed with breast cancer, making this the leading cancer diagnosis for this gender. The early detection of breast cancer leads to early treatment, which elevates five-year survival rate up to 93% or higher.
We are pleased to offer standard and 3D mammography. For more information, call 409-747-0100.