Offering 3D Mammograms in Williamsport and Wellsboro, PA
Breast tomosynthesis, known as 3D mammography, is the latest breakthrough in breast health care and breast cancer detection. It provides a clearer, more accurate view of the breast and allows doctors to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of any abnormalities. This can lead to better detection, fewer false positives and greater peace of mind.
If you have dense breast tissue, you may already know that 3D mammograms are recommended to thoroughly assess your breast health. Now, the most recent advancement in breast examination technology is available at UPMC Susquehanna Divine Providence and UPMC Suquehanna Soldiers + Sailors.
Get more information about this breast imaging procedure by reading our 3D mammography Q&A.
Benefits of a 3D Mammogram
A 3D mammogram is performed in the same manner as a traditional mammogram; in fact, the equipment and exam room layout remain the same. The difference rests in the camera angles and number of images taken as the breast is scanned. The images create a 3D rendering of the breast where the exact location of small tumors can be shown.
Why Is 3D Mammography Performed?
Your doctor may recommend a 3D mammogram if you have very dense breast tissue or if you you have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Research suggests that 3D mammography allows radiologists to make more accurate interpretations of dense breast tissue.
During a 3D mammogram, a 3-dimensional rendering is created of internal breast tissue, allowing a radiologist to view the breast in 1-millimeter sections, instead of just the full thickness from the top and from the side.
How to Prepare for a Mammogram
Your mammogram will be performed at the Breast Health Center or at UPMC Susquehanna Soldiers + Sailors. You can prepare for this procedure by:
- Having the results of a prior mammogram sent to your appointment if you’ve had one at a different facility.
- Not using deodorant, lotion, powder or perfume under your arms (these can create shadows on your mammogram).
- Scheduling your breast exam when your breasts aren’t tender and don’t have the exam before or after your period.
- Letting your provider know if you have breast implants.
- Wearing pants, shorts or a skirt so you don’t have to undress completely.
UPMC Susquehanna provides 3D mammograms in Wellsboro and Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas for the prevention and detection of breast cancer.