Before a screening 3D mammogram, it is important to avoid using deodorants, lotions, or powders on the day of your exam since these can sometimes cause issues with the images.
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 will be applied to thin the breast tissue in order to minimize the dose of radiation to the breast. This also prevents blurring of the image (motion artifact) and provides improved detail.
After the technologist evaluates the image quality, the patient is free to go.
The images are then interpreted by a breast imaging radiologist, along with the findings from the Cancer Risk Assessment. A full report is sent to the referring clinician and a letter is also sent to the patient to inform her of the results and recommendations.
If any additional imaging is needed to complete the examination, the patient will receive notification of this in her result letter. Our staff will also contact her by telephone to help arrange the follow-up appointment.