3D Mammography

Mammography

Mammography is the practice of radiographic imaging of the soft tissue of the breast. 3D Mammography is an imaging test that combines multiple breast X-rays to create a three-dimensional picture of the breast. Multiple images are obtained by gentle positioning of the breast by the technologist to produce high contrast images. A mammogram is a low dose x-ray of the breast. It is performed to detect abnormal growths or changes in the breast, or to provide a baseline reference for later comparison. It is an important way to help protect you against breast cancer as it can find cancers too small to be felt by hand.

 

During the procedure, the breast is positioned on a radiographic breast support and compression is applied with a plastic paddle while x-rays are being taken. There may be discomfort during the three to five second period of compression; however, compression is necessary to obtain the clearest possible picture with the least amount of radiation. Usually two views per breast are required for a complete screening.