3D mammography is a promising new weapon in the fight against breast cancer. With the most detailed images, it makes pinpointing problems much more precise. This groundbreaking technology has proven 41% more effective in early detection of invasive breast cancer - and early detection saves lives.

3D Mammography gives you:

  • Clearer images
  • Greater accuracy
  • Fewer follow-up visits
  • Earlier detection
  • Reduced false positives

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How do I prepare for the test?
You should avoid using deodorant, powder, creams, lotions or perfumes on the underarms or breasts on the day of your mammogram because they can show up on x-rays and look very much like cancer when they do.
What happens when the test is performed?
The procedure will feel the same as a traditional mammogram, but your doctor will be able to see a lot more using this new technology. You will be asked to undress from the waist up. For most patients, 2 pictures will be taken of each breast – one from the side and one from the top. Before each picture is taken, your breast will be pressed briefly between 2 flat plates so that the breast tissue is spread out. This part of the mammogram is uncomfortable, but it does not last long and it is necessary in order for the x-ray to show a clear view of all areas of the breast.
How long is it before the result of the test is known?
Results are not immediate. You will receive a letter with your results from our Mammography Department.
If there is anything we can do to make you more comfortable while in the Radiology Department, please do not hesitate to ask.
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