3D MAMMOGRAPHYNot all roses are the same. And, neither are mammograms. 3D mammograms can detect breast cancer at its earliest stage.
3D Mammograms Are Better
To show patients the difference, we gave a rose a mammogram.
When looking at these images, it’s easy to see which screening mammogram offers a better picture of what’s happening inside the rose. The same holds true for what our breast imaging radiologists see when they interpret a patient’s 3D mammogram.
3D mammograms help our physicians:
- Detect breast cancer at its earliest possible stage
- Offer greater detail and clarity of breast tissue regardless of age or breast density
- Detect small, invasive cancers earlier than ever before
- Provide peace of mind for patients
- Greater accuracy for earlier and easier detection. With 2D mammography, the radiologist views the breast tissue in a flat image. Sometimes breast tissue appears overlapped, making it difficult to see all the individual structures and making normal breast tissue look abnormal. 3D mammography virtually eliminates these challenges and allows the radiologist to better see the different structures as well as the location, size and shape of any abnormal tissue, such as smaller, more invasive cancers. 3D mammography has been shown to improve breast cancer detection by 27-50%.
- Fewer call backs. In the past, if the radiologist saw an area that was questionable, the patient would be asked to return for additional imaging. Now, when the breast tissue can be seen in smaller, thinner sections, the “second look” is frequently unnecessary. 3D mammography has been shown to lower recall rates by 17-40%.
Learn more about 3D mammography and how the screening is performed.
3D Mammography and Insurance Coverage
The 3D portion of your screening mammogram is currently covered by most major insurance carriers. Starting October 1, 2017, Wake Radiology will also be in network with United Healthcare. We strongly recommend that you verify coverage with your carrier before your appointment. Wake Radiology offers payment plans for all exams, including 3D mammograms. Our breast imaging radiologists believe so strongly in this advanced technology we don’t want costs to keep you from having this potentially lifesaving screening.
Check which insurance plans are in-network with Wake Radiology.
Easy Scheduling at All of Our Locations
We make it easy to get your annual screening mammogram — usually in only 30 minutes or less. Evening, Saturday and same-day appointments are available, plus walk-ins are welcome. While patients must have seen a primary care doctor in the past 18 months, a signed physician referral is not required for this annual exam.
Schedule your annual screening by calling us at 919-232-4700 or by submitting an appointment request online.
All of our breast imaging locations offices are accredited by the American College of Radiology and have earned the ACR’s highest recognition as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE). 3D mammography is available at most Wake Radiology Triangle locations. Click here to find a location near you.