A 3D mammogram creates a three-dimensional picture of the breast using multiple breast X-rays. It is increasingly being used by health care providers to screen for breast cancer and associated issues. It has the advantage of using additional images to create a detailed picture of what is going on. It is a highly detailed and thorough picture which can lead to earlier detection of cancer in people who have no signs or symptoms. It is also used to investigate the cause of breast problems.
Why have a 3D mammogram?
When used for breast cancer screening, the 3D mammogram machine creates 3D images as well as 2D mammogram images. The doctor can focus on very small areas of tissue and look at it in detail. This is beneficial for women with dense tissue or a family history of breast cancer. The 3D camera takes pictures from many different angles and builds a panoramic picture of the breast.
What are the advantages of having a 3D mammogram?
The Doctor is able to focus in on tiny areas of tissue and is able to see if there are abnormal growths in very small spaces. There is a higher chance of spotting malignant growth with this detailed imaging.
With that increased vision, doctors should be able to reduce the need for follow-up imaging. When doctors detected abnormalities on 2D mammogram images, they would recommend further imaging. It is very stressful being called back for follow up appointments. If you combine a 3D mammogram with a standard mammogram it should reduce costs and anxiety.
Who Benefits from Having a 3D Mammogram?
Studies have shown that they detect slightly more cancers than a standard mammogram so everyone benefits. Early detection of the disease impact significantly of the survival rate.
A 3D mammogram is much better at detecting breast cancer in people with dense breast tissue because the 3D image allows doctors to see into the area of density. Actually, both dense areas and cancers appear the same on a standard mammogram which is why there are false-positive test reports.
A false-positive result means that an abnormality has been detected and you require a further test, this might be a detailed ultrasound or an invasive biopsy. A 3D mammogram should reduce the number of false-positive reports.
Are There Any Risks
Please remember that a 3D mammogram is an x-ray image of the breast, this does expose you to a low level of radiation. It may be higher than a standard 2D. As technology continues to develop the radiation level will lower. The amount of radiation is still very low
Finally, this test will not be able to detect all cancers. In fact, it is entirely possible for a 3D mammogram to miss an area of cancer especially if it is very small or if it’s in an area that’s difficult to see. The benefits of this test are immeasurable and 3D mammograms are a welcome addition in the fight against breast cancer.
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