We offer mammography services Monday - Friday with occasional evening appointments. Please call 507-646-1143 to schedule an appointment.
What is Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography)?
Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) is 3D imaging that gives the radiologist (x-ray doctor who reads the exam) the ability to view inside the breast layer by layer, helping to see the fine details more clearly by minimizing overlapping tissue. During a 3D mammogram, multiple low-dose images known as “slices” of the breast are taken at different angles. With 3D technology, the radiologist can view a mammogram in a way never before possible. The technology was approved by the FDA in February 2011 and is increasingly becoming the standard breast cancer screening.
What are the benefits?
- Earlier Detection: Detects 41% more invasive cancers than 2D alone. 3D Mammography takes images of the breast from multiple angles, which makes it easier to see through and around breast tissue. This makes tumors easier to see and helps improve breast cancer screening and detection.
- Fewer Callbacks: 3D mammography helps distinguish harmless abnormalities from real cancer, leading to fewer callbacks and less anxiety for women.
- Better Visualization: Radiologists can better see the size, shape and location of an abnormality with better definition of lesion borders. This helps them see if the abnormality is harmless or cancer.
Will I notice a difference?
The 3D images are taken as part of your mammogram. You will not notice any difference.
Will my insurance cover the cost?
Contact your insurance before your appointment to ask if 3D Mammography Tomosynthesis is a covered service and if there are any out-of-pocket expenses, like a deductible, that you will have to pay.
How can I choose to have a 3D mammogram?
If you wish to have a 3D Mammogram, you may choose that option at the time of your appointment. Otherwise, you will receive a 2D mammogram.