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3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, is a revolutionary breast screening tool that increases the early detection of breast cancer. Breast experts recommend that all women age 40 and over have a yearly mammogram to screen for breast cancer. It is estimated that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. A mammogram can detect breast cancer two years before a lump can be felt and early detection is the greatest factor in surviving breast cancer. In fact, 98% of all women survive breast cancer when it’s detected early.

In contrast to 2D mammography which takes two flat images of the breasts, 3D mammography takes multiple images and, using sophisticated computer software, constructs a 3D image of the breast. This allows radiologists to view features in the breast that might have previously been hidden by overlapping breast tissue.

3D mammography facts:
  • It is more effective for finding breast cancer. 3D mammography has an up to 41% higher detection rate for invasive breast cancer than 2D mammography.
  • It results in fewer callbacks. Because 3D mammography is so thorough, substantially fewer women are called back for further exams, resulting in less expense and anxiety for the patient.
  • It uses low-dose radiation, with a dosage comparable to a traditional 2D exam.
  • It’s convenient. 12 ARA locations offer 3D mammography in Central Texas. The exam only takes 30 minutes and ARA offers extended appointment hours.
  • It’s widely covered by insurance. In 2018, the Texas Legislature required all insurance companies operating in-state to cover 3D mammography. It is also covered by Medicare.

To help you understand your risk for breast cancer and discuss it with your doctor, you can use the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool developed by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Benefits

  • The survival rate of early-stage breast cancer is 98%, meaning early detection is key to recovering from breast cancer. Mammography helps detect cancers up to two years before they can be felt.
  • Screening with mammography has been shown to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths.
  • No radiation remains in the patient’s body after an X-ray exam and X-rays typically have no side effects.

Risks

  • Mammography uses a mild dose of radiation. The amount of radiation from a mammogram is very small and the benefit of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs the
    risk. Get more information from radiologyinfo.org and at Radiation Safety at ARA.
  • It is possible that you will get a “false positive,” as five to 15 percent of screening mammograms require more testing, such as further mammogram or ultrasound. Most of these exams show normal results. If there is an abnormal finding, you may need a biopsy for further diagnosis.
  • Based on statistical studies on breast cancer over time, researchers have found that cancer screening finds cancers that are life-threatening but also finds cancers that may not have caused symptoms during the patient’s lifetime, a circumstance called “over diagnosis.” While researchers continue to work on finding out which types of cancer are deadly, and which are not, physicians currently have no way of distinguishing between the two.

Benefits

  • The survival rate of early-stage breast cancer is 98%, meaning early detection is key to recovering from breast cancer. Mammography helps detect cancers up to two years before they can be felt.
  • Screening with mammography has been shown to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths.
  • No radiation remains in the patient’s body after an X-ray exam and X-rays typically have no side effects.

Risks

  • Mammography uses a mild dose of radiation. The amount of radiation from a mammogram is very small and the benefit of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs the
    risk. Get more information from radiologyinfo.org and at Radiation Safety at ARA.
  • It is possible that you will get a “false positive,” as five to 15 percent of screening mammograms require more testing, such as further mammogram or ultrasound. Most of these exams show normal results. If there is an abnormal finding, you may need a biopsy for further diagnosis.
  • Based on statistical studies on breast cancer over time, researchers have found that cancer screening finds cancers that are life-threatening but also finds cancers that may not have caused symptoms during the patient’s lifetime, a circumstance called “over diagnosis.” While researchers continue to work on finding out which types of cancer are deadly, and which are not, physicians currently have no way of distinguishing between the two.

Benefits

  • The survival rate of early-stage breast cancer is 98%, meaning early detection is key to recovering from breast cancer. Mammography helps detect cancers up to two years before they can be felt.
  • Screening with mammography has been shown to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths.
  • No radiation remains in the patient’s body after an X-ray exam and X-rays typically have no side effects.

Risks

  • Mammography uses a mild dose of radiation. The amount of radiation from a mammogram is very small and the benefit of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs the
    risk. Get more information from radiologyinfo.org and at Radiation Safety at ARA.
  • It is possible that you will get a “false positive,” as five to 15 percent of screening mammograms require more testing, such as further mammogram or ultrasound. Most of these exams show normal results. If there is an abnormal finding, you may need a biopsy for further diagnosis.
  • Based on statistical studies on breast cancer over time, researchers have found that cancer screening finds cancers that are life-threatening but also finds cancers that may not have caused symptoms during the patient’s lifetime, a circumstance called “over diagnosis.” While researchers continue to work on finding out which types of cancer are deadly, and which are not, physicians currently have no way of distinguishing between the two.

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