3D Tomosynthesis

DOCs is now offering the latest in breast cancer detection…..tomosynthesis.

Tomosynthesis is a 3D breast cancer detection exam offered in conjunction with your standard 2D mammogram. It is considered to be 43% more accurate because it takes pictures of your breast tissue slice by slice to ensure no cancer can hide. Tomosynthesis also reduces false positive findings and cuts patient call backs by 40%.

While standard 2D mammograms take an image of the top and bottom side of a patient’s breast, tomosynthesis takes 25 images of the breast from many angles as the X-ray tube moves across the breast in a 50 degree arc, while many competitor’s offer only a 15 degree arc. The images are then assembled into a 3D study so doctors can see the breast tissue in fine detail. The 3D image allows them to see clearly through breast tissue that may be overlapping, or through the tissue of women with dense breasts.

Tomosynthesis is the most effective mammogram available, especially in women with dense breasts, implants or family history of breast cancer. If you have any of these, it is important to ask your physician to order the standard 2D mammogram, 3D tomosynthesis and a breast ultrasound for the most accurate screening available.

DOCs Tomo is offering the first mobile facility nationwide.

You are still able to get your mammogram at one of our facilities but we are now offering both mammograms and tomosynthesis in the nations first state of the art mobile facility with Siemens technology. Please visit www.docstomo.com to learn more.

How do I prepare for my mammogram or tomosynthesis exam?

Very little preparation is required. You may eat, drink, and take regular medications. If you are premenopausal, it is preferable to have your mammogram the week following your period when your breasts will be the least tender. You will be asked to undress from the waist up.

What can I expect during my exam?

All exams are performed by female registered technologists who have had specialized training in mammography and tomosynthesis. Your technologist will take a brief history from you and then have you change into a gown. The technologist will firmly, but gently pull as much breast tissue as possible onto the x-ray detector. She will then apply compression to firmly press your breast against the detector. You may find the compression uncomfortable for a few seconds. The technologist will only apply as much compression as you can tolerate, but adequate compression is essential to view your breast tissues. The testing takes approximately 15 minutes.

What will happen following my breast exams?

Your images will be reviewed by the radiologist after the exam has been completed and your doctor will have results in 24-48 hours. You will also receive a letter from our office with the results.