Women’s Imaging Services
3D Breast Tomography Imaging
As with a traditional mammogram, each breast will be compressed between two imaging plates for a few seconds. With 3D breast tomography, the x-ray arm will also take a series of breast images at different angles. The entire procedure takes approximately 15 minutes. The additional 3D images make it possible for a radiologist to gain a better understanding of your breast tissue during screening, significantly improving early breast cancer detection while reducing the need for the follow-up imaging. If you are having a screening mammogram a radiologist will review the digital images after you leave the Center and the results will be sent to your doctor. You will also receive a result letter by U.S. mail within 7 to 10 business days. Critical results are given to the patient before leaving the Center.
*An order by your doctor is required for a 3D diagnostic exam, and charges associated with the work-up may vary with the exam(s) performed. However, an order by your doctor is not required for a 3D screening; you as the patient have an option to opt in for the exam, and charges may vary with the exam(s) performed. We will work with you to understand insurance coverage and out-of-pocket costs.
If you are scheduled for a screening mammogram, you are taking a proactive part in your breast healthcare. A screening mammogram is an x-ray of the breast on an individual who has no complaints, signs or symptoms of a problem. It is mainly used to check for early signs of breast cancer. During your mammogram, each of your breasts will be compressed between two plates for a few seconds. A screening mammogram usually requires two views of each breast. However, women with implants require four views of each breast, and larger breasts may require additional views, but the entire procedure takes approximately 15 minutes. A radiologist will review the digital images at a later time, and the results will be sent to your doctor. You will also receive a letter to explain the results by U.S. mail within 7 to 10 business days of your screening.
Stereotactic, or image-guided, mammography pinpoints the exact location of a breast mass by using a computer and x-rays taken from two different angles. A biopsy is then performed using the given coordinates. This type of biopsy is less invasive, and just as accurate as surgical biopsy.
Diagnostic Ultrasound is a medical imaging technique that uses inaudible sound waves to visualize organs and tissues of the body. At the Women’s Imaging Center exams are performed by the radiologist.