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3D Mammograms

When it comes to your mammogram, you want the whole picture. No frightening callbacks for second exams. No false-positive diagnoses. And you still want the same fast tests with minimal discomfort.

We’re excited that our patients will be able to benefit from the latest advancement in digital breast imaging: breast tomosynthesis, better known as "three-dimensional mammography."

This effective, safe procedure was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2011. It takes just a few additional seconds during your routine mammogram. And it provides you and our radiologists with the most detailed breast imaging available — dramatically improving the rate of proper diagnosis in a single visit.

Same basic procedure.

Getting a 3D mammogram is very similar to getting a traditional 2D digital mammogram. In fact, this procedure is done simultaneously, using the same positions and compression. At the same time that each of the four 2D images are captured the 3D mammography device will sweep in an arc above the breast, capturing an additional 15 low-dose images. That’s it.

Because your 3D mammogram is performed at the same time as a 2D mammogram, very little additional radiation is involved. The proven equipment we use ensures that you’ll receive 2D and 3D imaging at a total radiation dose well below federal limits and American College of Radiology guidelines for a screening mammogram. And if this procedure can help you avoid a callback screening you avoid adding to your radiation dose.

All told, you’ll still be able to get in and out of our office within 15 minutes.

Dramatically different results.

When you get a 3D mammogram at Advanced Imaging, you won’t feel anything different. But your radiologist will see something very different: a computer-composited map of each breast composed of 80 one-millimeter slices. Those images will provide details that were previously impossible to examine without additional testing.

As a result, it will be easier to distinguish between benign and malignant tumors, and to identify even smaller breast cancers.

Scientists have proven that 3D mammography combined with traditional 2D technologies can improve results and increase peace of mind. A 2013 study published in the journal Radiology found a 40-percent increase in cancer detection and a 15-percent reduction in false-positive diagnoses among women who underwent both tests compared to those who only opted for a traditional mammogram.

Consider it your same-appointment second opinion.

Instead of examining two 2D images, your radiologist will be able to view 80 images of each breast that are composited into a highly detailed 3D image. Not surprisingly, that extra information allows more accurate diagnosis than traditional mammography techniques. Studies have shown a decrease of 15-20 percent in callbacks for additional tests.

Because this is still new technology, many insurance companies still view this as investigational and do not yet cover the cost of 3D mammograms.

Advanced Imaging will be offering this new technology to all our mammography patients; however in the event that your insurance provider does not yet cover the cost, Advanced Imaging will offer you the choice between just insurance-covered 2D mammography or adding the 3D mammography at the same time. And you can be confident that we are working hard to keep your out-of-pocket costs as low as possible when you add a 3D mammogram to your insurance-covered digital mammogram.

Adding the 3D mammogram to your screening is especially recommended for breast cancer survivors, women with dense breast tissue, and those with a genetic predisposition or family history of breast cancer.

Note that your 3D mammogram must be done at the same time as a 2D digital mammogram. Research indicates that 2D mammograms still have an important role to play in proper diagnosis, so we do not offer 3D mammography as a stand-alone service.

This state-of-the-art service is available at our main location on the Community Medical Center campus and our mammography centers in Missoula on North Reserve and in Stevensville in the Stevi Junction Center on Hwy. 93.






Advanced Imaging, 2803 South Avenue, Missoula, Montana 59804. Phone: Toll Free (866) 462-4306.