3D Breast Imaging

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At Cumberland Healthcare we understand that breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. The best defense is early detection and diagnosis, made possible through an annual screening mammogram. We are committed to matching our compassionate care for women with state-of-the-art technology.

Cumberland Healthcare is pleased to offer wide-angle 3D True Breast Tomosynthesis, otherwise known as 3D breast imaging services. 3D breast imaging offers earlier and more accurate detection of breast cancer.

A Game Changer in Mammography
2D digital mammography has been the standard for breast cancer screening. These mammograms suffer from decreasing sensitivity in women with dense breasts or when breast tissue overlaps. This can result in unclear images, and can lead to cancers being missed. 3D breast imaging takes clearer images of the breast that helps radiologists look inside the breast layer by layer, leading to better detection and fewer recalls.

How 3D Breast Imaging Works
3D breast imaging is just like the 2D mammography experience; the breast is compressed under a paddle as images are taking of the breast. Unlike 2D mammography, 3D breast imaging takes x-ray pictures of each breast from many different angles that are not available in traditional mammography. A tube moves in a 50 degree arc around the breast, taking 25 images during the exam. Those images are sent to a computer and are assembled into three dimensional images of the breast. The results are clearer images that lead to a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Making the Case for 3D Breast Imaging
Why wide-angle 3D True Breast Tomosynthesis? Because we want our patients to be sure of their diagnosis. With standard 2D mammography, up to 30% of cancers go undetected. Additionally, 52-76% of cancers are missed in dense breast tissue, where tumors are more difficult to identify. True Breast Tomosynthesis, or 3D breast imaging, offers clearer images leading to earlier detection of cancer. We love wide-angle imaging and the clarity it offers our doctors. More importantly, we think that it can save lives because it leaves breast cancer with no place to hide.

To schedule an appointment, please call the Cumberland Healthcare Radiology Department, please call 715-822-7390.