Digital Breast Tomography (3D Mammograms)

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. To treat it, you must find it. If you find it early, you have a greater chance of an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.

The Visconti Breast Care Center now offers True Breast Tomosynthesis. It’s new 3D mammogram technology that helps us detect breast cancer better than 2D mammography alone. We’re using it to give women like you a new level of confidence in their breast health.

We don’t know if you’ll need a 3D mammogram. If you do, we want you to know more about it. Here are some answers to questions we here the most about our new technology.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is 3D Mammography?

2D mammograms take an image of the top side of your breast. True Breast Tomosynthesis is 3D mammography that takes 25 images of your breast from many angles as the X-ray tube moves in a 50 degree arc. The images are assembled in a 3D study so doctors see the breast tissue in detail. It helps them detect tumors better than 2D mammograms alone, since they are no longer hidden by tissue. And there are fewer call backs.

Will I benefit from 3D Mammography?

Women of all breast types can benefit from 3D mammography; some can benefit more. Specifically, women with dense breast tissue or a genetic disposition for breast cancer will benefit from technology that shows tissue more clearly.

What can I expect during the exam?

Your experience will be nearly identical to the mammograms you’ve had in the past. Our technologist will position you and compress your breast under a paddle. The arm of the X-ray machine will move in a 50-degree arc over your breast – 25 degrees to the right and 25 degrees to the left – taking a picture every 2 degrees. The 25 images will be sent electronically to Dr Visconti, who will study them and report his findings to your physician.

Why did you add True Breast Tomosynthesis?

We introduced wide-angle tomosynthesis as an adjunct to 2D mammography because we want you and your family to be sure. We love its wide-angle imaging and the clarity it offers Dr Visconti. We think it can save lives because it leaves breast cancer with no place to hide. 

Call today to schedule your next mammogram at 231-439-9700.
And be sure to ask about True Breast Tomosynthesis.