Also called: 3-D Mammograms; Breast Tomosynthesis
A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. It can be used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. It can also be used if you have a lump or other sign of breast cancer. UAMS Health offers 3-D mammograms as a tool to help women in the fight against breast cancer.
What Makes a 3-D Mammogram Different
The 3-D mammogram provides a view of the structures within the breast (such as milk ducts, fat, ligaments and blood vessels) from angles not available on a traditional 2-D image. Doctors are able to look at sections of the breast as thin as one millimeter to detect breast cancers while they are smaller and more likely to be curable.
Unlike traditional mammography, the machine is not stationary. It moves around the breast to take x-rays at different angles in just a few seconds. The 3-D mammography reduces the number of callbacks for additional tests, which decreases patient anxiety.