Is a 3D mammogram a better way to screen for breast cancer?

Anne C. Hoyt, MD
Diagnostic Radiology
More than 38 million U.S. women have a screening or diagnostic mammogram each year. While mammography has been proven to save lives, the technology is not perfect. Digital breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, can be used for both screening and diagnosing breast problems. It addresses some of the limitations associated with conventional breast imaging and provides a more accurate assessment of breast health.

Digital breast tomosynthesis is emerging as the gold standard in mammography. This breast imaging technology provides radiologists with multiple, thin-section images of the breast. These views increase breast cancer detection rates while reducing the rate of false-positive results.
This content originally appeared online at UCLA Health.
Jennifer Rollenhagen, MD
Diagnostic Radiology
Trials of 3D mammograms to screen for breast cancer are showing good results. In this video, radiologist Jennifer Rollenhagen, MD, of Mercy Health, discusses the improvements in screening from utilizing 3D mammography.

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Stacy Contreras
Body Imaging
A 3D mammogram is more effective in screening for breast cancer. In this video, Stacy Contreras, director at Good Samaritan Hospital’s Breast Care Center, explains how a 3D mammogram allows doctors to see through different layers of breast tissue.

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