3D Mammogram Screening in Long Island & Queens
What is 3D mammography?
3D mammography is the newest breast imaging technique that allows your radiologist to see the tissue and structures in your breast more clearly and from a range of angles. As a result, this provides a more detailed view of the tissues than is possible with traditional mammography. 3D breast imaging uses the same digital x-ray technology as a traditional digital mammogram, however, it takes pictures from multiple angles and compiles the images to create a 3D image. This comprehensive women’s imaging test increases your radiologist’s ability to find small tumors that may be undetectable using a traditional mammogram.
What does 3D mammography involve?
A 3D mammogram procedure is similar to the digital mammography procedure. Patients will arrive at one of Neighborhood Radiology Service’s New York imaging centers and one of our friendly staff members will help guide you through your 3D exam. Your doctor will provide detailed instructions for how to prepare for your exam.
You will first be asked to change into a gown, and will be directed to stand in front of a special 3D mammogram machine. You will place each breast between two plates, which will condense to create an even layer of your breast tissue. This may cause momentary discomfort, but will only last for a few seconds and is necessary for a complete and high-quality scan.
After the test, your exam will be reviewed by your doctor and the results will be explained to you. Your doctor will discuss any further testing or next steps, as needed.
Is 3D mammography better than traditional mammography?
Regular physical examinations and screening mammograms are the best prevention tools for breast cancer. This is because breast cancer is the easiest to treat when it is discovered in its early stages. With 3D mammography, your doctor is able to screen your breasts for possible cancerous growths from many different angles and with high-quality, detailed images. A clearer image means an increased likelihood that your doctor will spot an irregularity, if present. Using regular 2D mammography alone does not give as much accuracy and sometimes leads to false results and the need for a repeat mammogram. Ultimately, using 3D mammography can prevent the need for additional testing and give your doctor a stronger chance of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages.
What are the benefits of getting a 3D mammogram at Neighborhood Radiology Services?
Undergoing 3D mammography screening at Neighborhood Radiology Services in New York offers the following benefits:
- Lowers the chance of incorrect test results (false positives or false negatives)
- Decreases the need for second testing
- Uses up to 40% less radiation than traditional mammography exams
- Increases the chances of invasive cancer detection by over 40%
- Performed using the latest and highest quality equipment certified by the American College of Radiology (ACR)
- Designated as Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR)
To learn more about the advantages of digital 3D mammography or to book an appointment, contact our board-certified radiologists at Neighborhood Radiology Services, with locations throughout the New York Metropolitan Area. Fill out the form on this page to request an appointment or call 800-220-2220 to learn more about our services.