Advanced 3D Tomo Mammography

FirstLight now offers 3D Tomo Advanced Mammography Exams

In 2014 alone, more than 200,000 women were diagnosed with an invasive form of breast cancer. That’s why innovative screening technology that allows for better, earlier breast cancer detection is critical.

  • 1 in every 8 women will develop breast cancer within her lifetime.
  • 8 out of 9 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history.
  • Breast cancer risk increases with age—2 out of 3 invasive breast cancers are found in women over 55.

What is 3D Tomo Mammography?

Three-dimensional (3D) tomosynthesis, often referred to as 3D tomo, is an advanced imaging screening exam used to identify possible signs of cancer in breast tissue. It is particularly useful in screening women with dense breast tissue. Because 3D mammography provides images of the breast in “slices” from many different angles, finding and assessing any abnormalities is thought to be superior with 3D imaging. FirstLight offers these exams using the DIMENSIONS™ 3D mammography technology.

Why choose the DIMENSIONS™ 3D mammography exam?

  1. Earlier Detection
    Only mammogram proven to detect breast cancer 15 months earlier.
  2. Greater Peace of Mind
    Reduces unnecessary callbacks by up to 40%.
  3. More Accurate
    Finds 41% more invasive cancers than conventional mammograms alone.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I get a 3D tomo mammography?
    3D tomosynthesis, also called 3D tomo, is a more accurate procedure in the fight against breast cancer. Greater accuracy means better breast cancer detection and a reduced chance of additional screenings. The Dimensions™ 3D Mammography exam is the only mammogram proven to:

    • Detect breast cancers 15 months earlier.
    • Reduce unnecessary callbacks by up to 40%.
    • Find 41% more invasive cancers than conventional mammography alone.
  • What should I expect during the exam?
    The process of a 3D exam is the same as a conventional 2D exam, only the results are more accurate. The technologist will position you, compress your breast, and take images from different angles. There is no additional compression required with the 3D exam, and it only takes a few extra seconds.
  • Who can have a 3D tomo mammography?
    3D tomo offers a more accurate exam for women of all ages, with both dense and non-dense breasts.
  • What about radiation?
    The Dimensions™ 3D mammography exam delivers a low dose of radiation, well within FDA guidelines, comparable to a 2D mammogram.
  • How does the exam work?
    The 3D exam allows doctors to examine breast tissue layer by layer. Instead of viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image as with conventional 2D mammography, fine details are more visible and are no longer hidden by the tissue above or below. Think of the pages in a book. If you look down at the cover you cannot see all of the pages, but when you open it up, you can go through the entire book page by page to see everything between the covers.
  • What about the cost of a 3D mammography?
    Conventional two dimensional screening mammograms are available at no cost for patients covered by healthcare insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Some insurers will not cover 3D mammograms, and others charge women a surcharge, typically between $40-$60. For women who may need financial assistance, the Minnesota Department of Health offers the SAGE Screening Program. Since 1991, the SAGE provider network has grown to over 450 clinic sites across Minnesota, providing breast and cervical cancer screening to more than 150,000 women.


Over 10 million women have benefited from a Dimensions™ 3D mammography exam. Take steps today to take control of your breast health.

  • Detect breast cancer earlier
  • Have greater peace of mind knowing there are fewer callbacks
  • Rely on more accurate results

Schedule an Appointment Today

Appointments for Dimensions™ 3D mammography exams are available at our Mora campus. Call FirstLight at 800-245-5671 or our Imaging Department at 320-225-3447 today.


REFERENCES

  1. FDA submissions P080003, P08003/S001
  2. Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, et al. Breast cancer screening using tomosynthesis in combination with digital mammography. JAMA. 2014 Jun 25;311(24):2499-507.
  3. Zuckerman SP, Conant EF, Keller BM, et al. Implementation of Synthesized Two-dimensional Mammography in a Population-based Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Screening Program. Radiology. 2016 Dec;281(3):730-736.