With 3D mammography, you can see more of the picture. 3D mammograms can reveal up to 41% more invasive breast cancers than 2D mammography alone. With early detection the five-year survival rate of breast cancer is remarkably higher.
Starting at age 40, the American Cancer Society recommends you receive mammograms every year. Women under age 40 with a family history of breast cancer or other concerns should talk with their healthcare provider.
Introducing 3D Mammography at Carle
Carle is proud to offer 3D mammography which can reduce false positives (reducing the need for additional testing) and are more effective at detecting early stage cancers. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival.
Here are some numbers you should know:
- A woman’s chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime is 1 in 8
- 8 out of 9 women diagnosed with breast cancer had no family history
- 90% of women called back for additional breast screening are not diagnosed with breast cancer
- 3D mammography can reduces false positives by up to 40%
- 3D mammography increases the detection of invasive breast cancers, compared to 2D alone1
- The five year survival rate for women whose breast cancer is found early is 98%2
When you see more of the picture, you can beat the odds. Click here for answers to common questions about 3D mammography.
1 Friedewald S, Rafferty E, Rose S, et. al. “Breast Cancer Screening using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography.” Journal of the American Medical Association. 2014 July; 311 (24): 2499-2507. Epub 2014 June 24. 2 Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011, American Cancer Society
It is our goal to consistently meet the highest standards for breast imaging services. Our team has the most expertise in central Illinois, with three fellowship trained mammographers who specialize in reading breast images to detect abnormalities. They also oversee mammography services and lead a team dedicated to the diagnosis of breast cancer.
Carle provides comprehensive breast imaging service, including:
CHAMPAIGN — Two local doctors are urging women to continue getting annual mammograms, after a large and long-running Canadian study has launched a new controversy about the value of the annual breast cancer screening.
Nurse Navigator Services
Our Breast Imaging nurse navigator is a registered nurse and certified breast patient navigator in imaging with knowledge and expertise in breast pathology. Following an initial mammogram, if a diagnostic mammogram is needed to further evaluate breast tissue or changes in the breast, she assists with:
- Bridging the gap between mammograms, biopsies and breast cancer diagnosis
- Coordinating appointments
- Providing guidance and support through the breast imaging process
- Facilitating communication to the physician and surgeon to quickly coordinate biopsy procedures
- Educating patients and the community about complete breast care
To learn more about nurse navigators, call (217) 383-3010. Community groups can also call this number to arrange an educational outreach program.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a 3D mammography breast exam?
3D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection that can be done in conjunction with a traditional 2D digital mammogram.
During the 3D part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over your breast, taking multiple breast images. Then, a computer produces a 3D image of your breast tissue in one millimeter slices, providing greater visibility for the radiologist to see breast detail in a way never before possible. They can scroll through images of your entire breast like pages of a book.
The additional 3D images make it possible for a radiologist to gain a better understanding of your breast tissue during screening1 and the confidence to reduce the need for follow-up imaging.2
Why is there a need for 3D mammography breast exams? What are the benefits?
With conventional digital mammography, the radiologist is viewing all the complexities of your breast tissue in one flat image. Sometimes breast tissue can overlap, giving the illusion of normal breast tissue looking like an abnormal area.
By looking at the breast tissue in one millimeter slices, the radiologist can provide a more confident assessment.1 In this way, 3D mammography finds cancers missed with conventional 2D mammography.3 It also means there is less chance your doctor will call you back later for a “second look,” because now they can see breast tissue more clearly.
What is the different between a screening and diagnostic mammogram?
A screening mammogram is your annual mammogram that is done every year. Sometimes the radiologist may ask you to come back for follow-up images which is called a diagnostic mammogram to rule out an unclear area in the breast or if there is a breast complaint that needs to be evaluated.
What should I expect during the 3D mammography exam?
3D mammography complements standard 2D mammography and is performed at the same time with the same system. There is no additional compression required, and it only takes a few more seconds longer for each view.
Is there more radiation dose?
Very low X-ray energy is used during the exam, just about the same amount as a traditional mammogram done on film.
Who can have a 3D mammography exam?
It is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram, in both the screening and diagnostic settings.1
1 Bernardi D, Ciatto S, Pellegrini M, et. al. Prospective study of breast tomosynthesis as a triage to assessment in screening. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2012 Jan 22 [Epub head of print]. 2 The Hologic Selenia Dimensions clinical studies presented to the FDA as part of Hologic’s PMA submission that compared Hologic’s Selenia Dimensions combo-mod to Hologic 2D FFDM. 3 Skaane P, Guillen R, Eben EB, et. al. Reading time of FFDM and tomosynthesis in a population-based screening Program. Radiological Society of North America annual meeting. Chicago, Il, 2011