The Future of Breast Cancer Screening
Recent advances in technology have sought to fix this problem and the result has been the development of 3D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis. During a 3D mammogram, the camera takes multiple images at different angles allowing the radiologist to view the breast “layer by layer.” This provides greater detail and reduces tissue overlap which, in turn, allows the radiologist to detect cancers that might otherwise be hidden.
Recent studies have shown that 3D mammography increases cancer detection by 35 percent and also significantly reduces the chance of a woman being called back for additional testing. This technology is highly beneficial for women with dense breast tissue and those at high risk for breast cancer. However, experts believe that 3D mammography can benefit all women and over time will become the gold standard in breast cancer screening and detection.
Who should have a 3D mammogram?
- It is approved for all women undergoing screening or diagnostic mammography.
Is it a separate exam or part of my regular mammogram?
- 3D mammography is used together with your regular (2D) mammogram. They are performed at the same time.
Will my insurance cover the test?
- Currently, Medicare and Medicaid cover the cost of 3D mammography. For other insurances, there is a small fee to have this included as part of your mammogram screening.
Where Can I Have a 3D Mammogram?
- Since April, 2016, 3D mammography has been available at The Breast Care Center in Portsmouth, Virginia.