3D Breast Imaging

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 provides 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 decreased sensitivity in women with dense breasts or when breast tissue overlaps, resulting in unclear images and undetected cancers. 3D breast imaging takes more explicit 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 taken. 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, making 25 images during the exam. Those images are sent to a computer and assembled into three-dimensional breast images. The results are more explicit images that lead to a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Making a 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 may be undetected in dense breast tissue, where tumors are more difficult to identify. True Breast Tomosynthesis, or 3D breast imaging, offers clearer images leading to earlier cancer detection. We love wide-angle imaging and the clarity it provides our doctors. More importantly, we think it can save lives because it leaves breast cancer with nowhere to hide.

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