New Jersey Imagining Network-Now Offering 3D Mammograms
What is 3D mammography?
*3D mammography (tomosynthesis) is an FDA-Approved technology that complements conventional 2D mammography.
*When 3D and 2D mammography are used together, some studies show that it may improve cancer detection rates.
*While traditional mammography generates a 2D image, tomosynthesis creates a 3D image of the breast allowing the radiologist to evaluate thin mammography sections of the breast, minimizing superimposed tissue.
*3D mammography can provide a clearer image of the breast tissue and may reduce the need for additional imagining.
What should I expect during the 3D mammogram?
*3D mammography is performed at the same time as 2D mammography, using the same system and with no additional breast compression.
*At x-ray arm sweeps in an arc over your breast taking images from multiple angles. Images are combined to create a 3D mammogram.
*3D tomosynthesis does involve additional radiation when compared to the standard 2D mammogram. The total radiation dosage of having both studies is below current MQSA guidelines.
Who can have a 3D mammogram?
*3D mammography is FDA-approved for all women who are undergoing a standard mammogram and elect to have this additional technology added to their exam.
Is there an additional cost to add 3D to my conventional mammogram?
*Medicare now covers the cost of 3D mammography. Please check with your private insurance company for coverage. If your insurance company does not provide coverage then there is an additional fee due at the time of service.
*Please do not hesitate to ask one of our associates if you have additional questions.
Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the New Jersey Imaging Network pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call the above number for information and/or email them at the above address.