To the patient, 3-D mammography takes the same amount of time and exposes them to the same low-dose of radiation as the latest versions of traditional mammography, but the outcome of the exam itself is significantly improved.
- Produces up to 100 images of each breast compared to two with traditional mammography
- Significantly improves the ability to detect abnormalities or breast masses
- Enhances the ability to localize and characterize those masses when found
- Decreases the overlap of normal structures, reducing the number of call-backs or false positives
In the example to the left, the conventional magnification view indicates increasing indistinct linear calcifications in the superior left breast. They appeared suspicious, and a biopsy would have been recommended. However, the 3-D mammography views demonstrate that these were benign vascular calcifications—so no biopsy was needed.