3D Mammography

Fremont Health is excited to offer 3D Mammography exams. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis (3D) technology, these exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A 3D exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

During the mammogram an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. No additional compression is required and exam time is the same as a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

3D mammography is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows our radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients.

Large clinical studies have shown:

  • A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast
  • A 29% increase in the detection of all breast
  • A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional

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