What is the difference between 3D and 2D?
3D Breast tomosynthesis allows radiologists to evaluate breast tissue one layer at a time. This exciting new technology has recently been FDA approved. 3D Breast tomosynthesis converts digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices” building what is essentially a three-dimensional mammogram. During the tomosynthesis part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple breast images in just seconds. A computer then produces a 3D image of your breast tissue in one millimeter layers. Radiologists can now see breast tissue in a more detailed way. Instead of viewing your breast tissue in a flat image, the tissue can be examined a millimeter at a time and fine details are more clearly visible.
By looking at the breast tissue in one millimeter slices, the radiologist can provide a more confident assessment. In this way, 3D mammography finds cancers missed with conventional 2D mammography. It also means there is less chance your doctor will call you back later for a “second look,” because now they can see breast tissue more clearly. 3D mammography significantly improves cancer detection by 40% and also reduces call back rates 20-40%. Early detection is key in fighting breast cancer, with 3D Mammography we have the ability to detect next year’s cancer today.
Who can get a 3D mammogram?
It is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard screening mammogram.
Do I need to make an appointment?
Yes, check our calendar to see where we will be and schedule your appointment online. If you have any questions, you can reach us on 813-601-1925.
If you are interested in having the coach come to your business or organization, please call 813-601-1925, to discuss.
What is it?
About 1 in 8 Women in the US will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. In 2013 around 230,000 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in women in the US. Almost 40,000 women died of breast cancer in the US in 2013. This number has been steadily decreasing since 1989, largely due to increased awareness and earlier detection, one of the most important ways of detecting breast cancer is using a Mammogram, a mammogram uses X-Rays to detect breast cancer. These x-ray pictures can be used for early detection of breast cancer and diagnosis after symptoms of the cancer have been found. Mammography screening is the best way to detect breast cancer in its early stages.
Who can get a mammogram?
The American Cancer Society recommendations for early breast cancer detection in women without breast symptoms women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.
Only screening mammograms (routine, annual exams for women with no current breast problems) are offered by our mobile mammography coach. If you are under 40 you would need a prescription from your physician for a screening mammogram. Ages 40+ no prescription is required. If you currently have concerns regarding your breast health (i.e. a lump you can feel, nipple discharge, pain, dimpling of the breast or nipple changes) please contact your physician immediately.