3D Mammograms in Columbus OH

For most of a woman’s life the question has always been “how often should I get a mammogram at my age?” Now, as technology continues to advance, there is a new question to ask your doctor: “Should I get a 3-D mammogram?”

Here’s some information that will explain what a 3-D mammogram is, how it is different from the long standing 2-D digital mammograms most women are familiar with, and if you should opt for the new version.

3-D Mammogram

Once women turn 40 they should begin having mammograms. 200,000 women are diagnosed every year with breast cancer, and mammograms are the best way to screen for this cancer. 3-D mammography is also known as breast tomosynthesis, and this new technique became available in the US in 2014. Although approved by the FDA, it is still not considered the standard of care and is not yet available everywhere in the country.

The 3-D version differs from the standard technology because it takes multiple photos of each breast, not just two views per breast.  It uses the same type of radiation source, but the screen rotates around the breast, taking dozens of photos. It allows the radiologist to see minute areas of the breast in 1 mm slices.

Benefits Of A 3-D Mammogram

One of the greatest advantages of the breast tomosynthesis is the reduced amount of false positives. When a woman is faced with a false positive result, she must deal with additional testing and doctor visits, a possible biopsy, and all the stress and anxiety that comes with it. According to recent studies, 3-D mammograms have been found to reduce false positives by 40%.

Other benefits include:

  • A better assessment due to the multiple angles of pictures
  • Gives radiologists better visibility and detail of the breast tissue
  • Lower recall rates
  • Higher rate of cancers detected early
  • Does not cause any additional radiation
  • Although it may take a minute longer, there is less pressure on the breast
  • Can detect up to 41% more invasive cancers

What’s The Answer?

Although there is no right or wrong answer about which type of mammogram women should choose, there are some who will benefit from one type more than the other. If you have a history of breast cancer in your family or have a prior history of breast cancer, the 3-D mammogram might be a better choice for you. If you are a younger and pre-menopausal woman with dense breasts, this type of mammography may detect more early cancers.

Only you and your doctor can decide which might be better for you. Ask your doctor about the benefits of a 3-D mammograms for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at (614) 583-5552.

COVID-19 Update

Due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19, we are taking steps to protect our patients, employees and their loved ones. We can all play a role in slowing the speed at which the virus spreads.

As your healthcare provider, we are committed to your health and safety. Starting on March 16, we will be rescheduling all routine well visits/annuals appointments.

This DOES NOT include our pregnant patients or anyone who needs an urgent appointment.

This DOES include anyone with routine, follow up, and/or annual visits who do not have any abnormal issues. If you are elderly, immunocompromised, or have underlying medical conditions, please do not come into our office during this time.

Your health is important to us and we welcome you to call our office if you need any help deciding if you need to reschedule your appointment.

If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please do not come to the office for an appointment. Please instead call us to reschedule.

We have always been very welcoming of additional support people and children in our office, but at this time, we are asking that you do not bring any guests to your visits. If you need assistance and a support person is necessary, please call our office so arrangements can be made.

This is only temporary for the safety and well being of ALL our patients at CWC.

The situation is fluid, and we are continually reassessing it.

We will be offering telemedicine appointments beginning March 23rd.

We will be updating you regularly, and we welcome you to call our office to speak to our staff with any questions or concerns.

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