3D Mammograms with SSM Health Breast Care

3D Mammography: A New Dimension in Breast Care

Advanced Imaging for Early Cancer Detection

SSM Health provides a full continuum of breast care to women throughout St. Louis and St. Charles. Our "3D Care" consists of three important components of comprehensive care that establish our leadership in breast health – quality, compassion and technology.

Our new 3D Tomosynthesis Mammography is the latest exam to be added to our advanced array of technology. This revolutionary process allows the physician to better distinguish masses or tissues that might be cancerous from healthy breast tissue.

Dr. Christine Geraghty, radiologist with SSM Health, explains the benefits of 3D Tomosynthesis mammography by noting, "With conventional digital mammography, the radiologist is viewing all the details and complexities of your breast tissue in one flat image.

Sometimes this tissue can overlap, making normal breast tissue look like an abnormal area. By viewing breast tissue in thin layers, the radiologist can provide a more accurate interpretation."

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Watch this video on Tomosynthesis/3D mammography

 

Understanding 3D Tomosynthesis mammograms

During the procedure, an X-ray arm moves over the breast, taking multiple images that are composited into a single 3D image. The physician can then examine this detailed image one “slice” at a time, to see the breast tissue layer by layer.

The use of 3D mammography has proven to significantly reduce false positive callbacks, and to be more accurate in detecting breast cancers early. It also provides peace of mind by reducing the chance that a patient may be contacted for possible cancer unnecessarily.

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3D mammograms are approved for all women undergoing standard mammograms. They're particularly useful for screening women with dense breasts. Request your 3D mammogram appointment now.