In fact, studies show that 3-D mammograms are seven percent more accurate than traditional mammograms. Here’s what you need to know about 3-D mammograms. The board-certified OBGYNs at Women’s Pavilion of South Mississippi have extensive experience performing 3-D mammograms to accurately diagnose signs of breast cancer. Call (601) 268-9393. to schedule an appointment at our office in Hattiesburg today!
By using technology similar to CT Scans, 3-D mammograms provide three-dimensional, detailed images of the breast. To see the breast from every angle, the machine moves around the breast, taking multiple X-rays. The images are then formed into 3-D on a computer.
3-D mammograms provide specific benefits to patients, including:
Have questions? We have the answers. 3D digital mammography, also known as DBT, or digital breast Tomosynthesis, DBT is the most significant technical improvement for breast cancer detection in years. Our OBGYN office in Hattiesburg, MS offers mammography services including 3D Mammography.
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Mammography, also known as a mammogram, is the examination of the breast using x-rays. Mammography is considered the most effective tool for early breast tumor detection. Most medical experts agree that successful treatment of breast cancer often is linked to early diagnosis. Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them.
Our Practice uses digital mammography. Also known as a full-field digital mammography, digital mammography allows the radiologist to alter the orientation, magnification, brightness and contrast to produce images of the breast that can be seen on a computer screen. Computer-aided detection, or CAD, uses a digitized mammographic image to search for abnormal areas of density, mass, or calcification that may indicate the presence of cancer. The CAD system highlights these areas on the images, alerting the need for further analysis.
Current guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Cancer Society(ACS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend screening mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recommends that women who have had breast cancer and those who are at increased risk due to a genetic history of breast cancer should seek expert medical advice about whether they should begin screening before age 40 and about the frequency of screening.
On the day of the exam:
To image your breast, a x-ray technician will position you near the machine and your breast will be placed on a platform and compressed with a paddle. Breast compression is necessary in order to:
The technologist will go behind a glass shield while making the x-ray exposure. You will be asked to change positions slightly between views. The process is repeated for the other breast. Routine views are a top-to-bottom and side view.
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