3D Breast Tomosynthesis Mammography
A better mammogram. A better choice for breast health.
Raleigh Radiology is a proven leader in breast imaging in the Triangle. We are proud to be the first to offer 3D breast tomosynthesis mammography, advanced 3 dimensional breast imaging, for the earliest detection of breast cancer.
This new type of mammography produces a 3D image of the breast, providing breast imaging radiologists with a clearer view through overlapping breast tissue. The result is a more detailed picture, making breast abnormalities easier to see, even in dense tissue.
Tomosynthesis also improves the radiologists’ ability to detect potential breast cancers by helping to pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This helps the radiologist distinguish harmless structures from tumors, leading to fewer false positives, fewer call-backs and reduces anxiety for patients.
This new technology is available at our Blue Ridge and Cedarhurst facilities and is FDA approved. Currently insurance companies are not reimbursing for 3D imaging. Patients choosing to have the additional 3D imaging will be asked to pay an additional fee.
What is a 3D mammography breast exam?
3D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool
designed for early breast cancer detection. It is performed in conjunction with
a traditional 2D digital mammogram. During the 3D part of the exam, the X-ray
arm sweeps in an arc over the breast, taking multiple images. Then, a
computer uses the images to produce a 3D image of your breast tissue,
providing greater detail for the radiologist.
What are the benefits of 3D mammography?
Earlier and easier detection
With conventional mammography, the radiologist is views breast tissue in a
flat image. Sometimes this tissue appears overlapped, making it difficult to
see all the individual structures. 3D mammography allows the doctor to better
see the different structures as well as the location, size and shape of any
abnormal tissue, such as small cancers.
Fewer call backs
In the past, if the radiologist saw an area that was questionable, the patient
would be asked to return for additional imaging. By being able to see the
breast tissue in smaller, thinner sections, the “second look” may not be
Are there any risks with 3D mammography?
Very low X-ray energy is used during the exam. This means that the amount of
radiation is below the recommended guidelines of the American College of
Radiology and is just slightly higher than digital 2D mammography. Breast
tomosynthesis is approved for use by the Federal Food and Drug
Can I choose not to have this exam?
Yes, Breast 3D tomosynthesis mammography is an optional addition to our 2D digital mammogram.
Is there additional cost for 3D and will my insurance cover the additional charge?
Even though 3D mammography is FDA approved, most insurance companies are not yet reimbursing for this exam. Patients choosing to have the additional 3D mammography imaging performed will be asked to pay an additional fee at check-in. The remaining costs associated with the 2D mammography portion of the exam will be billed to your insurance (any outstanding balance from the 2D exam will be billed once your insurance has paid).
Where can I schedule my screening mammogram to get 3D tomosynthesis?
3D mammography is currently offered at our Blue Ridge and Cedarhurst
locations. To schedule your appointment, please call 919-781-1437 (Blue
Ridge) or 919-877-5400 (Cedarhurst).
Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion to your exam. Moist wipes are available to remove these products if you did apply them. We offer spray deodorant to reapply if needed.