Cutting-Edge Tomosynthesis Technology for New Jersey Patients
Hunterdon Radiology provides testing services utilizing state-of-the-art equipment to provide patients and their doctors with clear, accurate results. We strive to stay at the forefront of advancements in medical technology, and we are one of the first New Jersey clinics to offer tomosynthesis testing to detect harmful irregularities in breast tissue.
What is Tomosynthesis / 3D Digital Mammography?
Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D Digital Mammography, uses 3D imaging technology that scans the breast for harmful irregularities. However, instead of a flat, two-dimensional picture, tomosynthesis creates a three-dimensional digital image. This 3D image sometimes allows doctors to detect lumps or other irregularities that might not be seen on a traditional mammogram. The technology is new and only available at select facilities; Hunterdon Radiology is proud to be one of the first facilities in the area providing women and their physicians with this advanced method of detecting breast cancer.
3D Digital Mammography vs. Digital Mammography
To understand the advantages offered by tomosynthesis testing, it’s necessary to understand how the procedure varies from our other digital mammogram scan. In either case, the same kind of digital imaging machine is used, but 3D digital mammography uses a series of multiple scans combined for a 3D image. Tomosynthesis testing is quick and easy, lasting less than ten seconds. The machine’s X-ray tube moves around the breast in an arc, taking 11 different images over the course of seven seconds. The machine then sends the 3D images to a computer, at which point the test is complete.
About the Procedure
A digital mammogram machine pulls the breast away from the body, compressing the breast between two glass plates, and it takes digital X-ray images. Dense, cancerous breast tissue may show up as irregular white patches on the X-ray.
Digital mammograms are highly effective, and we encourage every woman to continue to undergo regular mammogram testing. Tomosynthesis is simply another way to test breast health, as it provides doctors with a different view of breast tissue. Tomosynthesis testing isn’t necessary for every patient, but the technology provides doctors with another valuable diagnostic option.
Because of the added detail of a 3D scan, cancerous cells could be easier to spot on a tomosynthesis image. Mammograms are very good at detecting irregularities, but tomosynthesis is more effective for some patients, particularly those with relatively dense breast tissue.
Medical providers interested in learning more about the 3D Digital Mammography procedure offered by Hunterdon Radiology should contact our staff for information. If you are a patient, call us today or schedule your testing appointment online. We look forward to working with you!