3D Mammography is Now Available
Women in southwest Michigan have access to new 3D mammography technology, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, at the Spectrum Health Lakeland Center for Outpatient Services – Berrien County’s only “Breast Imaging Center of Excellence” as designated by the American College of Radiology. Used in combination with a 2D, or conventional, mammogram, 3D mammography requires no additional breast compression.
The generated 2D images and 3D™ slices are reviewed together to make a clinical decision or diagnosis. In comparison to conventional mammogram images, 3D mammography allows radiologists the ability to examine breast tissue one thin layer at a time, making fine details more visible and less likely to be hidden by overlapping tissue – especially for women with dense breast tissue.
Clinical studies show it's able to detect 41% more invasive cancers and reduce the need for follow up visits by 40%.
Important Things to Know
- Because 3D mammograms may not be covered by all insurance plans, contact your insurance provider before your appointment.
- 3D mammography complements standard 2D mammography. No additional breast compression is required and it only takes a few more seconds. The experience will be very similar to mammograms patients have had in the past.
- 3D mammography allows radiologists the ability to examine breast tissue one thin layer at a time, making fine details more visible and less likely to be hidden by overlapping tissue – especially for women with dense breast tissue.
- A 3D mammogram releases the same amount of radiation as a traditional mammogram. It is of no greater risk to the patient.
“Not only will the ability to detect breast cancer at an early stage save more lives, it will also help provide greater piece of mind for our patients.”
Polya Baghelai, MD
Spectrum Health Lakeland Radiology Medical Director
To schedule your 3D mammography appointment at the Center for Outpatient Services, St, Joseph call (800) 791-2810.