The Advantages of 3D Mammograms

If you are a woman over 40, your medical provider will probably recommend a yearly mammogram. Many health care providers are offering 3D mammography to help find breast cancer at an early stage when treatment is most likely to be successful.

WHAT IS 3D MAMMOGRAPHY (AKA TOMOSYNTHESIS)?

A 2D mammogram takes 2 pictures of each breast – one from the top and one from the side. For every one picture in a 2D, the 3D captures 40-50 images from many different angles. It takes a millimeter-by-millimeter look through your breast tissue and any masses that may be associated with breast cancers.

With 3D mammography, breast cancer detection rates, especially in women with dense breasts, has increased up to 40% according to research presented to the Radiological Society of North America. 3D may be your best choice and the best chance of detecting small cancers.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR A 3D MAMMOGRAM?

You would prepare in the same way you would prepare for regular mammography.

WHERE CAN I GET A 3D MAMMOGRAM?

Midwest Breast Care, an affiliate of St. Luke’s Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) and a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, offers 3D mammograms. They also offer 3D breast biopsies; whole-body ultrasound; minimally invasive breast procedures; consultation on outside breast imaging studies; and bone mineral density screening (DXA).

Midwest Breast Care’s board-certified diagnostic radiologists Dr. Paula Y. George and Dr. Valerie C. Reichert are experienced in all areas of breast imaging and intervention. According to Dr. George, “It’s advisable if you have dense breasts or a personal or family history of breast cancer to do 3D mammography.”

HOW CAN I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?

You can call Midwest Breast Care at 314-567-4449. They are conveniently located at 450 N. New Ballas Road, Suite 250 in Creve Coeur. Screening mammograms