3D mammography provides many advantages compared to traditional two-dimensional mammography. Dr. Neil T. Specht was the first to offer this advanced imaging technology in Fairfield County at Women’s Choice Mammography in Trumbull, CT, after its approval by the FDA in 2011. Also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, this sophisticated imaging tool can detect breast cancer and other breast tissue abnormalities in their earliest stages when the prognosis is best. We provide results before you leave your appointment. Dr. Specht believes in using the best technology in order to provide his patients with the best possible care. Finding cancers when they are smaller, at an earlier stage, will lead to better long-term survival. Contact us online or call (203) 445-0101 to schedule a mammogram. Most insurance carriers cover 3D mammography.
3D Mammography vs. Traditional Mammography
Traditional mammography only produces two images of each breast at a side-to-side and top-to-bottom view. However, 3D mammography can produce multiple images focusing at different depths within a given volume of breast tissue in a matter of seconds. This allows Dr. Specht to clearly see breast tissue abnormalities, even in women with the densest breast tissue.
We provide 3D mammography results before you leave our office.
These images depict the breast tissue in one-millimeter increments, allowing early detection of the smallest tumors. Research has shown that this technology can increase detection of invasive breast cancer by 40 to 66 percent as compared to conventional 2-D mammography. Meanwhile, this technology allows Dr. Specht to provide a prompt assessment, allowing him to provide immediate results thereby reducing the anxiety patients can often experience.
Do I Need a Mammogram?
The American College of Radiology (ACR), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), recommend annual mammography beginning at age 40. Please note that if you have breast implants, you should tell the registered mammography technologist before the exam begins. While the mammogram will place pressure on the breasts, it poses minimal risk of rupture to implants.
What to Expect during Your Exam
This process is identical to having a traditional mammogram. It can be completed in about 10 to 20 minutes in just a few steps:
- After arriving for your examination, you will be taken to a private room. You will be asked to remove any jewelry and clothing above the waist, and you will be provided with a comfortable gown to wear.
- Next, you will be taken to an examination room where a registered mammography technologist will place your breasts between two compression plates. Compression is needed to immobilize the breast (reducing motion artifacts) and to create a uniform thickness of the tissue to be evaluated. This allows for less radiation to be used.
- Once your breasts are compressed, the registered mammography technologist will begin scanning your breasts in an arc motion. The scan only takes a few seconds but is able to generate multiple images.
Dr. Specht can examine the images immediately and review the results with you before leaving the office. We find that by being able to share the results in the same visit, we are able to reduce anxiety for those with a benign result and expedite additional imaging or a biopsy for those who are in need.
Breast UltrasoundBreast ultrasound screening is available for those with dense breast tissue, or for those in need of further characterization of a mammographic finding. This is performed during the same visit.
Schedule Your Mammogram
Considered the best tool available to detect breast cancer and other abnormalities, 3D mammography can deliver the fast and accurate results you deserve. If you are in need of a mammogram, we encourage you to consider the benefits that a 3D mammogram can provide. Contact our office online or by calling (203) 445-0101 to schedule a complimentary mammogram consultation.