as of November 19, 2018
What is 3D Mammography?
3D mammography is one of the latest technological innovations in women's healthcare. 3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, images of the whole breast are taken in slices (similar to a scanner), helping the radiologist to see all around and between the breast tissues. It is like being able to read each page of a book individually, even while holding it up to the light.
How should I prepare for a 3D mammogram?
Preparing for a 3D mammogram is very similar to preparing for a 2D mammogram. Before scheduling a mammogram, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and other specialty organizations recommend that you discuss any new findings or problems in your breasts with your doctor. In addition, inform your doctor of any prior surgeries, hormone use, and family or personal history of breast cancer. Do not schedule your mammogram for the week before your period if your breasts are usually tender during this time. The best time for a mammogram is one week following your period. Always inform your doctor or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant. The ACS also recommends you: Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of the exam. These can appear on the mammogram as calcium spots. Describe any breast symptoms or problems to the technologist performing the exam. If possible, obtain prior mammograms and make them available to the radiologist at the time of the current exam. Ask when your results will be available; do not assume the results are normal if you do not hear from your doctor or the mammography facility.
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