A Quick Guide To Understanding 3D Mammograms

Few women enjoy getting mammograms, and everyone hopes that the results of their mammogram will come back without noting any areas of concern or suspicious growths. However, recent information has suggested that young women or those with dense breasts have a greater risk of a mammogram providing a false positive. In addition,it is important to note that a standard, or 2D, mammogram will frequently miss some breast tissue, and early detection is essential for surviving breast cancer. As a result, it is a good idea for every woman to become familiar with the 3D mammogram in order to choose the most appropriate screening technique.

Why Is The 3D Mammogram Necessary?

The 3D mammogram is remarkably similar to the 2D version in several ways. That is because it actually provides the same function of a 2D mammogram and uses the same technology. However, the differences occur because its improved technology is able to access better, clearer images of breast tissue, even when the tissue is dense.

The ability to image deep areas within the breast is a vital diagnostic tool. As previously mentioned, women with dense breasts may have more difficulty getting an accurate, timely diagnosis using standard imaging technology. As a result, 3D mammograms are often particularly useful for those women.

Does The Frequency With Which You Undergo A Mammogram Change When You Receive A 3D Mammogram?

Although the suggestions for mammograms have fluctuated in recent years, it is not unusual to start getting annual mammograms for screening purposes once a year, after the age of 40. However, if you have previously had breast cancer or you have a family history of breast cancer, your physician may recommend getting it early. Alternatively, it may also be necessary to get a mammogram more than once each year.  As of March 2016, there are no governmental or other across-the-board recommendations as to the type of mammogram you should receive.

One helpful point to consider is the fact that 3D ultrasounds are often considered to provide more accurate results. As a result, you are less likely to need another diagnostic mammogram and the risk of a false positive result is also likely to be reduced.

In conclusion, it is crucial for you to speak with your physician about your breast cancer risk and then make an informed decision as to the frequency with which you should have a mammogram. For more information, contact EVDI Medical Imaging or a similar organization.