Improvements in imaging have led to the development of 3D mammography, or digital breast tomosynthesis, which has been shown to offer several advantages over traditional mammography, including:
- Greater Precision – The 3D digital image format allow the radiologist to zoom in, magnify, change the contrast of the breast images and view the breast as individual slices, resulting in more precise images and a reduction in the need for repeat screenings.
- Greater Comfort – Flexible plates provide for increased comfort during compression.
- Instant Availability – Digital images can be sent and stored electronically, to better track changes. Images are available to be transmitted electronically to other site or recorded on CDs.
- Improved Detection – 3D mammography has been shown to identify significantly more invasive, or potentially lethal, cancers than a traditional mammogram does while also reducing the number of false positives findings.
3D digital mammography allows radiologists the ability to use advanced computer and electronic technologies to better “see” breast tumors. Some breast cancers may be difficult to identify on standard mammography because they are hidden or obscured by overlapping breast tissue.