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3D Mammograms

Digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) is a revolutionary new screening tool for breast cancer. Instead of the static traditional 2-D mammogram, tomosynthesis (TOMO) is performed with a 4-second sweep of the X-ray tube to give 1mm-thin images of the breast.
The traditional static 2-D mammograms will be obtained at the same time. This combined exam has been shown to find 30% more breast cancers because of earlier detection.

The most accurate screening available

Increased comfort – No more pain!

Improved imaging reduces the need for additional testing

Frequently Asked Questions

3D mammography is a revolutionary state of the art technology approved by the FDA in February 2011, which gives radiologists the ability to view inside the breast layer by layer, helping to see the fine details more clearly by minimizing overlapping tissue. During a 3D mammogram, multiple low-dose images known as “slices” of the breast are acquired at different angles. With 3D technology, the radiologist can view a mammogram in a way never before possible.
The 3D exam is a separate procedure that is performed at the same time as your 2D mammogram. This gives the Radiologist the opportunity to look at the breast in different ways for increased accuracy.
The exam will take about 4 seconds per view. Depending on the time it takes to reposition the breast between views, the exam could be performed under a minute for all 4 views. With the paperwork and reporting included, the visist should be around 15 minutes.
The current cost for a complete 3D mammogram is approximately R1000. This is the same as for 2D mammograms and fully paid for by medical aids as before.
3D mammography results in Superior Clinical Performance. By minimizing the impact of overlapping breast tissue, 3D mammography can help improve breast cancer screening and cancer detection. With 3D mammography, radiologists are currently experiencing a 30-40% increase in detection of breast cancer. Once diagnosed, radiologists can better see the size, shape and location of an abnormality.
It varies from person to person, but is still less than conventional 2D film/screen mammography (about 2.5mGy on average). This is slightly higher than full field digital 2D mammogram because the 2D is still included in the 3D series. The amount of radiation is below government safety standards (3mGy).
Dr. Herman Fourie believes that all patients benefit from this revolutionary technology regardless of breast density or family history. Doctors and scientists agree that early detection is the best defense against breast cancer. 3D mammography has been shown in clinical studies to be more accurate than conventional mammography alone by detecting cancers earlier.

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