Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography)
What is Tomosynthesis?
Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) is a revolutionary 3D mammography technique that is used in combination with standard 2D mammography which enables the radiologist to look through the high resolution breast tissue layer-by-layer—1 mm at a time—reducing issues with overlapping breast tissue.
Who Should Get Tomosynthesis?
Every woman who needs breast screening can benefit from tomosynthesis, but it is particularly beneficial for women with dense breast tissue (Category C or D), patients with increased risk of breast cancer (genetics, family history), and women having their first mammogram.
What are the advantages?
Tomosynthesis helps improve the radiologist’s ability to detect potential breast cancers early on. It also reduces the likelihood of having to call patients back for additional views, reducing unnecessary anxiety for women with dense breast tissue.
How long will it take?
The 3D image is conveniently taken in conjunction with the mammogram, however it does take longer for the computer to reconstruct the images and for the radiologist to interpret them.
The radiation dose of each 3D view is equivalent to that of a standard 2D mammogram, and routinely 3 views of each breast are taken. The combined radiation dose of both is below the FDA regulated limit for standard mammography, meaning it produces a safe and effective amount for patients.
Will my insurance cover it?
Currently only Medicare, Tufts and Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield are covering tomosynthesis. If you would like this service but your insurance does not cover it, you will be asked to sign an insurance waiver form and will be charged $75.