3D Full Field Digital Mammography:
What is digital mammography?
The difference between screen film (or analog) mammography and digital mammography is similar to the difference between cameras that use film and digital cameras. Digital mammography captures the image digitally.
Why is digital mammography better?
A very large study (DMIST study) found that digital mammography was especially good for women with dense breast tissue, pre and perimenopausal women.
Why 3D Mammography?
3D Mammography (also known as Tomosynthesis or DBT) is a revolutionary technique that complements traditional 2D digital mammography and allows for the earlier detection of breast cancer. By resolving summation artifact caused by overlapping tissue that is typically demonstrated on 2D mammography, 3D mammography provides a clearer image of the breast.
Why is NCWIC implementing 3D Mammography?
Numerous high-quality, peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated an improvement in clarity and reduction in summation artifact (overlap) with the use of 3D imaging. Many studies have also shown that 3D mammography:
Increases the detection of breast cancers
Finds cancers earlier
Reduces the number of additional images
Who should have a screening study?
The recommendation by the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is to perform annual mammography starting at the age of 40 for women of average risk.
How do I know my risk?
Consult your physician regarding your risk level. Women at high risk may need to start screening mammography and ultrasonography earlier than the age of 40.