Introducing Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
MMC is proud to offer 3D Tomosynthesis - which is also known as 3D Mammography
for our patients at Vernon Place Women's Center.
What are the advantages of having a 3D mammogram?
3D is more sensitive in detecting invasive cancers that traditional mammography
may miss. It also reduces the chances for a screening patient having to
come back for additional images. MMC Radiologists recommend that
ALL patients have a 3D mammogram to improve the accuracy of the exam and to
reduce the chance of being called back for additional screening.
How does it work?
A good analogy for the 3D exam is like thinking of the pages in a book.
If you look down at the cover you cannot see all of the pages - but when
you oepn it up you can go through the entire book page by page to see
everything between the covers.
What should you expect?
The process of a 3D exam is the same as a 2D exam. the technologist will
position you; compress your breast and the machine takes images from different
angles. There are no additional compressions required with 3D mammograms.
Will insurance cover it?
There is a list of insurances that cover 3D mammography in PA at the reception
desk for you to view. You may also choose to call your insurance company
to see if they cover 3D mammography. They may ask for CPT (billing) codes:
Breast Tomosynthesis. If it is not covered by your insurance, you will
be responsible for the balance.
What if I choose to not have a 3D mammogram?
A state-of-the-art standard digital mammogram will be performed.
What about the radiation dose?
Radiation dosage of the 3D mammogram is comparable to that of the 2D mammogram.
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