Mammograms are considered the gold standard of care for breast cancer screening. Fisher-Titus now offers digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), or 3D mammography. This allows doctors to more easily identify cancer and other abnormalities, particularly in women with dense breasts.
With 3D mammography, you get the peace of mind that your images are being viewed from many angles, rather than as one compressed image. This reduces the incidents of regular tissue being identified as abnormal, also known as a false positive, by 40%.
A 3D mammogram is similar to a traditional 2D mammogram. A technologist will position you, compress your breast and take images from different angles. While there is no additional compression with a 3D mammogram, it takes a few seconds longer than a traditional mammogram.
The technologist will view the images at the computer to be sure they were captured adequately. A radiologist will examine the images and report the results to your physician or directly to you.
3D mammograms are approved for all women who are able to undergo a standard mammogram, but there may be some cases where a 3D mammogram cannot be performed. Talk to your doctor to understand what is best for your situation.
Low X-ray energy is used, comparable to the amount used in traditional mammograms. It is well within FDA safety standards.
A screening mammogram is the regular procedure that is recommended each year beginning at age 40, or 35 if you have a family history.
A diagnostic mammogram is the follow-up testing done if abnormalities were found on your original screening, or if you need to be evaluated due to an issue you’ve detected during a self-exam.
3D mammograms can detect 41% more invasive breast cancers, and reduce false positives by nearly 40%. This means more accuracy, and less stress for women.
At Fisher-Titus, our Genius 3D Mammography machine is the first and only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis exam approved by the FDA.
Using the Genius technology enables doctors to view masses and distortions associated with cancer significantly more clearly than traditional 2D mammography. Rather than viewing breast tissue as a flat image—as is done in 2D mammography—3D mammograms show each layer, making details more visible.