Tomosynthesis: A new dimension in breast cancer screening

Early detection is a woman’s best defense against breast cancer, and when found at its earliest stages provides the best chance for survival and treatment. Bayshore Community Hospital is pleased to now offer tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, the latest advancement in mammography technology, which provides radiologists with clearer, more accurate images of your breasts, and you with greater peace of mind when it comes to your health.

What is tomosynthesis?

Tomosynthesis produces three-dimensional images of each individual layer of the breast, making abnormal tissue more visible, and greater highlighting suspicious masses to allow radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape, and location of possible abnormalities. It may be done in conjunction with screening or diagnostic 2D mammography, or as a standalone exam.

How does it work?

Performed using the same type of equipment as used for a digital2D mammogram, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple, high detailed images, using low doses of radiation. The 3D images are then produced by a computer so the radiologist may view the details of each individual layer of the breast (similarly to the way you might flip through the pages of a book), and interpret the results for a more accurate diagnosis, and better plan for further testing or possible treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Benefits of tomosynthesis

  • More detailed images that may reduce the chance of a false-positive result and/or reduced need for additional follow-up exams, especially in women with dense breasts which may obscure underlying lesions.  
  • Earlier and easier detection of early stage breast cancers
  • Precise pinpointing of the size, shape, and location of potential abnormalities

Know your options

Breast health is a personal experience for a woman, and every woman’s health needs are different and unique. If you are a woman age 40 and older, and are preparing to make your annual mammogram appointment, talk to your doctor about your options for early detection, and to see if tomosynthesis may be right for you.

Care Locations

  • Bayshore Medical Center
    727 North Beers Street, Holmdel, NJ 07733

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