3D Mammography

3D mammography is very similar to conventional mammography. The difference is that 3D mammography provides multiple images at different angles. This allows the radiologist to review your tissue one thin layer at a time, which helps the diagnosis be more accurate.

Conventional mammograms provide doctors with a two-dimensional image of the three-dimensional breast. Overlapping layers of tissue can sometimes create unclear results, false alarms, or worse-cancer being missed.

A Genius™ 3D exam provides your doctor with a series of detailed images of the breast.
This allows them to better evaluate your breast tissue layer by layer, making fine details more visible and no longer hidden by overlapping tissue. Because of its clinically proven increase in accuracy, a Genius™exam can help reduce false-positive recalls for additional imaging.

What should I expect during my 3D mammogram?

A 3D mammogram is very similar to having a conventional 2D mammogram. Like a 2D mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast, and take images from different angles. There's no additional compression required and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view.

The technologist will review the images at the computer workstation to ensure quality images have been captured for review. A radiologist will then examine the images and report results to either your physician or directly to you. 

Who can have a 3D mammogram?

A 3D mammogram is approved for all women who would undergo a standard mammogram.

Multiple clinical studies show that all women, regardless of breast type or density, benefit from a 3D mammogram.

What about radiation?

Very low x-ray energy is used during the exam, just about the same as a film-screen mammogram. The total patient dose of a 3D mammogram is within the FDA safety standards for mammography.

What is the difference between a screening and a diagnostic mammogram?
A screening mammogram is your annual mammogram that is done every year.

Sometimes, the radiologist may ask you to come back for follow-up images, called a diagnostic mammogram, to rule out an unclear area in the breast, or if there is a breast complaint that needs to be evaluated.

Why a 3D mammogram?

A Genius™ exam detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives by up to 40%. This means one simple thing: more accuracy. The Genius™ exam is the first and only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis exam as approved by the FDA. 

The Genius exam allows doctors to see masses and distortions associated with cancers significantly more clearly than conventional 2D mammography. Instead of viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with conventional 2D mammography, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below.