Benefits of 3D Mammography
Because multiple images are taken within seconds, a 3D image is produced and allows the radiologist to see more detail inside the breast in a way not possible until now.
Other benefits include:
- Better view of tissue, even in women with dense breasts.
- Improves the radiologist’s ability to detect potential breast cancers more readily.
- Can lead to fewer false positive readings translating to fewer call-backs and less anxiety for women.
- Fine details are visible more clearly, not hidden by tissue above and below a given area.
Q. What is 3D Mammography?
A. 3D (3-dimensional) mammography, called Digital Breast Tomosynthesis or DBT, provides three-dimensional images of the breast. The imaging machine moves around the breast in an arc, taking multiple x-rays that a computer forms into a 3D image. Approved by The Food and Drug Administration, the test allows a radiologist to see masses and distortions that may indicate cancer more clearly with the 3D view.
Q. Will I be exposed to greater radiation?
A. The technology we use at Excela Health provides 3D images with no significant increase in radiation compared to a 2D mammogram. Approved by the FDA, 3D mammography is our standard of care for every mammogram.
Q. Who should have a 3D mammogram?
A. Experts, as well as our health care professionals, feel strongly that 3D mammography is of benefit for all patients seeking a screening mammogram.
Q. Is this a different process than the 2D mammogram?
A. A 3D mammogram is very similar to the traditional digital mammogram. The equipment and the breast compression are nearly the same. The difference lies in the x-ray arm that moves in a slight arc over the breast to take multiple images in a matter of seconds. An advanced computer converts the images into 3D pictures examined by the radiologist one “slice” at a time.
Q. Is there an additional cost and will my insurance cover the cost?
A. Most mammography (2D mammograms) is covered by insurance, however, many do not yet cover 3D imaging. If your insurance currently requires a co-pay for 2D screening mammography, that may still continue for 3D mammography. Excela Health will accept all insurances.
3D - Walk-In Wednesdays
Now your screening mammogram is made easier in 3D!
No appointment needed. No doctor’s order needed. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays
Just “walk-in” to our mammography suite at
- Latrobe Hospital
- Excela Square at Norwin
- Frick Hospital
No insurance? We can help through a mammography voucher program. Call 1-877-771-1234 for details before you walk-in for your mammogram.
Text For Mammo
Now there's one less excuse to skip your 3D mammogram. As the first in the region to bring you 3D mammography, Excela Health is also the first to bring you Text for Mammo*. It's quick and simple. To schedule your 3D mammogram, just:
- Text MAMMO to 24587 and complete the brief form
After your text, we'll do the rest ... we'll
- Schedule your appointment based on your choice of date, time and location
- Text you back with your appointment
*Standard data and messaging rates may apply*
DID YOU KNOW? ... Excela Health hospitals have been named "Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence" by the American College of Radiology (ACR). It means that our facilities and staff have gone through a comprehensive review and met the highest level of patient safety standards and image quality, based on nationally accepted standards of care. DID YOU KNOW? ... Excela Health hospitals have been named "Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence" by the American College of Radiology (ACR). It means that our facilities and staff have gone through a comprehensive review and met the highest level of patient safety standards and image quality, based on nationally accepted standards of care.