Digital breast tomosynthesis (tomo), also known as 3D mammography, is a revolutionary new FDA-approved technology that is used for traditional screening mammograms. This new breast-imaging tool helps improve the early detection of breast cancer. 3D mammography uses advanced imaging and X-rays to create several low-dose images from different angles around the breast to create the 3D picture. This allows the physician to view your breast tissue in layers instead of one single image.
During the 3D part of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in seconds. A computer will then produce 3D image of your breast tissue. Your breast images will then be sent the radiologist to be studied. After evaluated, the radiologist will contact your physician.
Yearly mammograms are recommended for all women older than forty years old. Those women who are at an increased risk for developing breast cancer should consult with their physician about when to start having mammograms.