What is the Difference between 2D and 3D Mammogram?
3D mammogram screenings save lives.
It’s that simple.
This revolutionary technology enables us to get clearer, more accurate images so we can detect breast cancer at its earliest stages, and when it’s easiest to treat.
For your convenience, we offer 3D mammograms in our office, so you can schedule them at the same time as your annual exam.
But have you ever wondered about these breast cancer mammograms, and what’s the difference between a 2D and 3D mammogram?
We’ve got your answers.
What Is a 3D Mammogram?
A 3D mammogram is a type of high-resolution mammogram that takes multiple images of the breast from several different angles. This creates images that are “slices,” enabling the radiologist to get a better view of breast tissue.
What Is the Difference Between a 2D and 3D Mammogram?
The main difference is within how the images are processed.
In a 2D mammogram, breast tissue and tumors appear as white. This is because this traditional screening only provides images of the top and side of the breast—two images.
By comparison, a 3D mammogram obtains around 300 images. These images are presented in “slices,” which enables the radiologist to see the tissue in better detail.
This is also a reason why a 3D mammogram is a good choice for women with dense breasts.
3D mammograms also present fewer “callbacks.”
A 3D mammogram screening feels no different than a 2D one.
Which One is Best: a 2D Mammogram or a 3D Breast Cancer Mammogram Screening?
We believe that 3D mammography provides extensive benefits to our patients that outweigh what is offered by a 2D “regular” mammogram.
Some of these benefits include:
- Because 3D mammograms are more detailed, there are fewer callbacks than there are for 2D mammograms.
- 3D mammograms are best for those who have dense breasts
- It enables us to detect breast cancer at an earlier, and most treatable stage
- The multiple images in a 3D mammogram provide easy viewing and examination of multiple layers of breast tissue.
Therefore, we’re pleased to offer this service in our office. You can also conveniently schedule your mammogram screening and your annual exam at the same time!
How Often Should You Get a 3D Mammogram?
Because it’s so important to catch breast cancer at its earliest, and most treatable stage, we suggest having a mammogram every year.
Does Insurance Cover 3D Mammograms?
First, there are a lot of variations among insurance policies, and any details are best discussed with your insurance representative.
However, typically, most insurance companies will pay for a 3D screening mammogram. We encourage you to take a closer look at your individual coverage to get a definite answer.
When Should I Start Having a Breast Cancer Screening 3D Mammogram?
A lot of this will depend upon your health history and the history of your family. For example, if you have a close relative who had breast cancer, you may need to start screenings earlier.
- Women at ages 40 to start to have regular mammograms every year.
- If you have a family history of breast cancer or detect a lump on self-breast exam, we will likely recommend screening at an earlier age. We would be happy to individualize your breast screening recommendations if needed.
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