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Wake Radiology is the Triangle leader in 3D mammography. Wake Radiology offers 3D mammography in multiple locations: Cary, Raleigh, Garner, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Smithfield and Fuquay-Varina. Schedule your appointment! Learn more.
Wake Radiology is proud to be the first to bring 3D mammography to Johnston County. 3D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection. We believe this is the most exciting breast imaging breakthrough in nearly 20 years. Our Smithfield office specializes in providing female patients with digital screening mammography for optimal breast health. Walk-ins are welcome for screening mammograms, even without a signed physician referral. Patients only have to have seen a primary care doctor in the past 18 months.
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3D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection. It offers better image accuracy and earlier detection. With improved imaging quality, women experience fewer false positives and reduced callback rates. It is recommended that women have periodic mammograms in order to detect possible irregularities that cannot be easily felt in the breast. While patients must have seen a primary care doctor in the past 18 months, a signed physician referral is not required for a traditional or a 3D mammogram. We encourage patients to schedule an appointment, but walk-ins are always welcome. 3D mammography is performed in conjunction with a traditional, 2D digital mammogram to create a more complete picture of breast health. During the 3D part of the exam, the x-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then uses these images to produce a layered 3D image of the breast tissue. This provides greater detail and allows the radiologist to see “inside” the breast layer by layer to find cancers earlier than ever. The main benefits are:
- Greater accuracy for earlier and easier detection. With conventional 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%.
As an added bonus, patients also report that the ergonomic design of the new system helps deliver a more comfortable experience. Wake Radiology physicians believe that all patients will benefit from this revolutionary technology regardless of breast density, family history or personal history of breast cancer. Patients can learn more about 3D mammography by viewing the 3D video or reading the Frequently Asked Questions about having a 3D mammogram at Wake Radiology.