At Valence Medical Imaging in Toronto, we understand the importance of accurate and efficient breast cancer screening. With the advent of 3D mammography, also known as Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), we’re thrilled to introduce our clientele in Toronto, Brampton, Whitby, and Niagara Falls to this revolutionary breast imaging technique.
What is 3D Mammography (Digital Breast Tomosynthesis)?
3D Mammography, or Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), is a state-of-the-art breast imaging technique that provides a more detailed view of the breast compared to traditional 2D mammograms. By taking multiple X-ray images of the breast from different angles, DBT assembles these images into a three-dimensional rendition. This comprehensive view allows radiologists to examine the breast tissue layer by layer, minimizing the overlay of tissues and potentially providing a clearer view of any abnormalities.
Why Choose 3D Mammography over Traditional Mammogram?
1. Increased Detection Rates: With its ability to provide a more in-depth look, 3D mammography detects 20-65% more invasive breast cancers than 2D mammography alone.
2. Reduced Recall Rates: The detailed visualization provided by breast tomosynthesis reduces the chances of women being called back for additional testing due to overlapping breast tissue, which can sometimes appear as an anomaly in traditional mammograms.
3. Better Visualization for Dense Breasts: Women with dense breast tissue often find traditional mammograms less effective. However, 3D mammography improves cancer detection in dense breast tissue, as the multi-layered visualization reduces tissue overlap.
How is the 3D Mammo Performed?
The process of undergoing a 3D mammogram is much like that of a conventional 2D mammogram. The breast is placed on the machine’s plate, compressed, and then images are taken from various angles. While the process might sound intimidating, it’s quick, lasting only a few seconds longer than a traditional mammogram.
Is 3D Mammography Safe?
Absolutely. Just like traditional mammograms, 3D mammography uses X-rays to capture images. The radiation dose for tomosynthesis is slightly higher than the dose used in a traditional mammogram but still falls within the safe radiation standards for mammography.
3D mammography or Digital Breast Tomosynthesis is undoubtedly a game-changer in breast cancer screening. With its promising benefits of increased detection rates, reduced recalls, and better imaging for dense breasts, it’s rapidly becoming the preferred choice for many women.
Valence Medical Imaging in Toronto is proud to offer 3D mammography to our clients. We are dedicated to providing the most accurate and efficient breast imaging possible, ensuring peace of mind and the best care possible. If you are in Toronto, Brampton, Whitby, or Niagara Falls and are looking to schedule your mammogram or have questions about the procedure, don’t hesitate to reach out to our expert team. Your health and comfort are our top priorities.