Before a screening 3D mammogram, it is important to avoid using deodorants, lotions, or powders on the day of your procedure since these can sometimes block the image of the X-ray. If you are experiencing any symptoms which require evaluation with diagnostic mammography, please inform us at the time of scheduling so that appropriate time is given for this exam and consultation with the radiologist. Always be sure to inform your technologist if you are having any new breast symptoms on the day of your exam.
A 3D mammogram is performed much-like traditional 2D digital mammography. During a 3D mammogram, a technologist trained in mammography uses an X-ray machine to obtain images of the breast. The technologist will position each breast on a plate within the machine to include as much of the breast tissue as possible. Compression may be applied to thin the breast tissue in order to minimize the dose of radiation to the breast. It also prevents blurring of the image and provides improved detail.
With the breast in place, the X-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in a matter of seconds. These digital images are sent to a computer that creates a three-dimensional rendering of the breast, providing greater visibility for the radiologist. The radiologist evaluates the images for technical adequacy and the images are provided to your doctor for further evaluation and explanation.