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. Although tomosynthesis is FDA approved, most insurance companies are not yet reimbursing for this exam.  Currently, we do not submit 3D tomosynthesis to insurance, therefore patients choosing it may be asked to pay a fee.  We will bill your insurance for the other components of the procedure and payment will be subject to insurance plan provisions.

 3D Mammography Patient Brochure

  • 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
    necessary.

  • 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
    Administration (FDA).

  • 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?

    Although tomosynthesis is FDA approved, most insurance companies are not yet reimbursing for this exam.  Currently, we do not submit 3D tomosynthesis to insurance, therefore patients choosing it may be asked to pay a fee.  We will bill your insurance for the other components of the procedure and payment will be subject to insurance plan provisions.

  • 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.

 

Blue Ridge 919-781-1437 - Cedarhurst 919-877-5400 - Cary 919-781-1437 - Breast Center 919-781-1437
Clayton 919-877-5400 - Wake Forest 919-877-5400 - Brier Creek 919-877-5400