3D Mammogram in Southeastern MA & RI
One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. A mammogram can help you find breast cancer before it becomes too serious. With our advanced technology at Southcoast Health, we offer 3D mammograms, or breast tomosynthesis, to screen for breast cancer. 3D mammograms improve the clarity and the depth of the imaging, giving you the clearest picture of your breast health and breast cancer risk. At our Southcoast Health Breast Centers, we are proud to offer state-of-the-art 3D and digital mammographies to our patients. With digital mammography sites across southeastern Massachusetts, we offer the largest digital system in the South Coast region.
What is a 3D Mammogram?
A 3D mammogram is an imaging test that combines multiple images from breast x-rays to create a three dimensional picture of the breast. It’s used as a screening test to look for signs of breast cancer when patients have no symptoms. But it can also be used to detect the cause of other breast problems, such as a pain, nipple discharge or a breast mass.
What to Expect During a Mammogram
During the test, a radiologic technologist positions one of your breasts on an x-ray plate and compresses your breast by lowering a top plate. You will need to hold your breath while the technologist takes the x-ray, producing multiple images of your breasts.
Benefits of a 3D Mammogram
There are many benefits of a 3D and digital mammography, including the following:
- Lower radiation
- High-resolution images
- Greater accuracy
- Instant, adjustable images
- Fewer false positives
- Computer-aided detection
- Easy access, storage and retrieval
- Greater comfort
When to Get a Mammogram
Your doctor may recommend a mammogram for the following reasons:
- Diagnosis of breast irregularities you or your doctor finds during a breast exam.
- Follow-up of a previous abnormal mammogram or to track the progress of lumps or irregularities.
- Screening for breast cancer with no symptoms
If you’re a woman, you should start getting annual mammograms between ages 40-45, depending on your risk for breast cancer. Regular screenings should be typically once a year and continue as long as your doctor recommends.
Breast Density Levels
If you have dense breasts, then you may have an increased risk for breast cancer, making it more difficult for doctors to see signs of cancer in a mammogram. The Massachusetts Breast Density Notification Law requires all providers of mammography services inform a patient in writing if their mammogram shows that they have dense breast tissue. Your radiologist at Southcoast can determine if you have dense breasts from your mammogram. If you have dense breast tissue, we will provide you with more information about what that means and how we can help you promote good breast health. We may also require that you take a breast ultrasound or breast MRI for your doctor to see your breast tissue more clearly.
Clearer Images with 3D & Digital Mammography at Southcoast Health
At Southcoast Health Breast Centers, we work with Southcoast’s breast imaging centers to provide digital mammography and breast health services to women throughout southeastern Massachusetts, as well as parts of Rhode Island. Contact us to schedule a mammogram or for any questions you may have.