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Who benefits most from 3D mammograms?

Dr. Jennifer E. Rollenhagen, MD
Diagnostic Radiologist

Women who benefit most from 3D mammograms (tomosynthesis) include women with higher breast density. Radiologists may recommend a 3D mammogram for these women for diagnostic purposes. 3D mammography helps distinguish normal overlapping tissue from an underlying mass, and it can lead to a more accurate diagnosis. 

3-D mammograms, also known as breast tomosynthesis, can be performed on all patients. It however has the most benefit in the women with the denser types of breast tissue. Breast density with category C and D are the heterogeneously dense and extremely dense breast tissues respectively and would be expected to benefit most from 3-D mammograms.

Dr. Amanda J. Morehouse, MD
Critical Care Surgeon

Women with dense breast tissue benefit most from 3D mammograms. If a woman has had a mammogram and been told that her breasts are dense, it may be reasonable to ask about getting a 3D mammogram.

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