Recent advances in technology have sought to alleviate this problem through the development of 3D mammography, also known as, tomosynthesis. During a 3D mammogram, the camera takes multiple images at different angles allowing the radiologist to view the breast “layer by layer.” This allows much greater detail and reduces tissue overlap. Thus, allowing the radiologist to detect cancers that might otherwise be obscured.

Studies have shown that 3D mammography increases cancer detection by 35% and also helps avoid follow up imaging and anxiety that comes along with those call back tests. This technology is highly beneficial for women with dense breast tissue and those at high risk for breast cancer. 3D mammography is the current gold standard in breast cancer screening for all women in 2018.

Frequently asked questions

Who should have a 3D mammogram?

It is approved for all women undergoing screening or diagnostic mammography.

Is it a separate exam or part of my regular mammogram?

3D mammography replaces the older 2D exam.

Will my insurance cover the test?

At this time, most insurance companies cover 3D mammography. Some insurance companies however, require an additional small fee to have this included as part of your mammogram screening.

Where can I have this exam?

Dorothy G. Hoefer Comprehensive Breast Center, Newport News, Virginia
Sentara Careplex Hospital, Hampton, Virginia

Call 757.379.8637
Online Scheduling www.sentara.com