3D Mammography

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (tomo)

Decatur County Memorial Hospital is excited to offer 3D mammography (also known as digital breast tomosynthesis or “tomo”).

At Decatur County Memorial Hospital, we commit ourselves every day to matching our compassionate care for women with state-of-the-art mammogram technology. That is why we now offer wide-angle 3D breast tomosynthesis. It is new mammogram technology that gives every woman her best chance for an early and accurate diagnosis.

What is 3-D mammography?

3-D mammography is an FDA-approved advanced technology that takes multiple images, or X-rays, of breast tissue to recreate a 3-D picture of the breast. You may also hear it called breast tomosynthesis. It’s different from traditional mammography in that traditional mammography obtains just a single image. Images from both technologies are read on a computer.

These multiple images of breast tissue slices give doctors a clearer image of breast masses. It makes it easier to detect breast abnormalities easier and earlier.

Who should get a 3-D mammogram and why?

Any woman who needs breast screening should consider 3-D mammography. Women with dense breast tissue in particular may benefit because it provides a clearer picture and allows for more accurate interpretations. Using 3-D mammography makes it easier for doctors to catch breast cancers earlier. 2D or traditional screening mammography is still the mechanism used for annual screenings, but this imaging advancement allows for better visualization and will be offered in conjunction with the 2D mammography screening.  Unfortunately not all insurances cover the cost of this advanced imaging but it will be offered to everyone.

CLICK HERE to watch a video about 3D Mammography.