Portneuf Health Partners

October 9th, 2017

3D Mammography

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) continues to underscore the importance of screening mammography and its role in early detection of breast cancer and consequent reduction in mortality. When making decision about breast health, it is good to know that technology is evolving. 3D mammograms, also known as tomosynthesis, are available at Portneuf Medical Center.

“3D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic breast imaging technology that takes multiple thin images of breast tissue to allow us to see a clearer picture of the breast tissue and any breast masses” said Dr. Steve Larsen, radiologist. “These multiple thin images are an advancement in our ability to detect breast cancer.”

At Portneuf, we are happy to provide and promote the benefits of 3D mammography; we will work with you and your care to team to create a screening plan that is best for you. This new technology can help us identify a lump and catch breast cancer in its early stages when it is most treatable. Because the 3D technology is more accurate, it detects 41 percent more invasive cancers while reducing callbacks by up to 40 percent.

For women, they will notice little differences between traditional 2D mammograms and the newer 3D screenings. It takes a few seconds longer than a previous digital mammogram to capture the images. Also, it takes a little longer for the radiologist to read the images.

Portneuf Medical Center is fortunate to have the most highly advanced mammographic equipment. Our highly trained and professional radiologists are skilled diagnosticians and when findings indicate further evaluation due to abnormal clinical findings, we are committed to completing the additional studies in a timely manner and communicating the results to the patient as quickly as possible. Additionally, we follow the American College of Radiology/Society of Breast Imaging guidelines which recommends annual mammogram screenings starting at age 40.

While we still recommend routine screenings beginning at age 40, women at high risk due to family history or genetics are urged to start routine screenings before 40. If there is a personal history of breast cancer or if there are additional questions about screening mammograms, talk to your doctor and learn what is right for you based on individual risks and concerns. Please note, at this time, 3D Mammograms may not be covered by all insurance providers, please check your benefits before scheduling.

Talk to your primary care provider and schedule your mammogram today by calling 208-239-1500.

Reviewed by: Steve Larsen, MD