3D Mammography FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

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Now that 3D Mammography™ is available at Rose Plaza Imaging Center, you may have some questions. Please be sure to call our office if you have any additional questions or comments at 714-961-5990.

What is Digital Breast Tomosynthesis or 3D Mammography?(Pronounced: toh-moh-SIN-thah-sis)

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) or 3D mammography™ is some of today's most advanced imaging technology to view abnormalities of the breast. Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) is done by producing a 3D™ image of your breast tissue in one millimeter slices, or X-rays, providing greater visibility for the radiologist. It is often used for patients who have dense breasts, have a family history or have been identified as high-risk. Your images will be reviewed by our board-certified Diagnostic Radiologist and reported to your physician.

The additional 3D™ images help make it possible to gain a better understanding of your breast tissue during screening and the confidence to reduce the need for follow-up imaging.

Should I get a Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) and why? 

Any woman who needs breast screening can consider 3-D mammography™. Specifically, women with dense breasts may benefit because it provides a clearer image. Using 3D mammography™ not only makes it easier for Radiologists to catch more cancers and breast cancer earlier, but visualizes cancer size much better than traditional 2D.   

What’s the difference between Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography™) and traditional digital or 2D mammography)?

While traditional 2D digital mammography exams are considered to be advanced technology, 3D™ digital mammography gives the Radiologist a very detailed view of one millimeter images of the breast tissue. Fine details are more visible, and no longer hidden by the surrounding tissue. 

What should I expect during a 3D Mammography™ exam?

3D mammography™ complements standard 2D mammography and it is performed at the same time with the same system. There is no additional compression required, and it only takes a few more seconds longer for each view. 

Is there more radiation dose?

Very low x-ray energy is used during the exam, just about the same amount as a traditional mammogram.

Who can have a 3D Mammography™ exam?

It is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram. However, certain age groups and breast tissue types have been shown to have greater results than others. Please discuss this with your referring physician or one of our radiologists.

Is 3D Mammography™ Covered under my Health Insurance?   

Medicare and some insurers are covering 3D Mammography™ but many others are not. You should contact your insurer PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT to see if you are covered for the exam. This is important as you may be required to pay out-of-pocket costs.   

If you are NOT covered: 

  • You can choose to have a 2D mammogram.
  • You can choose to have a 3D mammogram but you will likely have to pay out-of-pocket costs at the time of visit if your insurance carrier does not cover the expense.
What is the difference between a screening and a diagnostic mammogram?

A screening mammogram is your annual mammogram that is done routinely as determined by your physician. A diagnostic mammogram is performed if there is a breast complaint or abnormal finding on your screening mammogram. 

Please call 714-961-5990 to schedule your screening mammogram appointment.

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