3D Mammography

Tomosynthesis  - 3D Mammogram

This revolutionary new technology allows doctors to examine your breast tissue, one layer at a time, similar to reviewing pages of looking at the book cover. There is no additional compression and it takes only a few seconds longer than a traditional mammogram. 

This is suited for any woman who needs a mammogram, especially those who have a family history of breast cancer or have dense breast tissue. 

Several studies indicate that this technology helps identify cancers when they are small and easier to treat. It also reduces the number of patients who are called back for additional views. 3D mammography is not covered by all insurance plans. If your plan does not cover it, it will be an out-of-pocket expense, so check on the fee when scheduling your 3D mammogram.

Learn more by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page or by watching the videos below:

3D Mammography Basics

Mammograms at Willis-Knighton just took a huge technological leap with breast tomosynthesis or 3D mammography. Three dimensional views of breast tissue help radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.

In this video, Dr. Bruce Hennigan, radiologist, compares 3D mammography with 2D mammography.

3D Mammography: Benefit to the Community

The arrival of breast tomosynthesis or 3D mammography will have an immediate positive impact on the health and well-being of our community. 

In this video, Dr. Bruce Hennigan, radiologist, explains how the detection of early breast cancer will be more precise thanks to this technology.

Screening Mammography vs. Diagnostic Mammography

What is the difference between a “screening mammogram” and a “diagnostic mammogram?” In a nutshell, “screening” means you’re having a routine test, essentially a checkup. “Diagnostic” means you may have some symptoms doctors want to examine more closely using mammograms. In either case, as radiologist Dr. Bruce Hennigan explains, the availability of breast tomosynthesis or 3D mammography gives doctors more complete views of breast tissue.

The 3D Mammogram Experience

You’ve had mammograms before, but now this new technology is available. Will the experience with 3D be different? In this video, Dr. Bruce Hennigan, radiologist, explains you will hardly notice a change.