3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)
How Does It Work?
Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), commonly called 3D Mammography, uses low energy x-rays to recreate 3D images of the breast. While
conventional mammograms take pictures of the breast from 2 angles (up and down and also left and right) DBT takes multiple images from
many different angles. 3D takes place at the same time the conventional mammogram is being acquired. During the 3D portion of the exam,
an X-ray arm sweeps in an arc over the breast. Very low X-ray energy is used, about the same as a traditional mammogram.
Digital Breast Tomosynthesis is an FDA approved 3D imaging modality that gives radiologists the ability to examine breast tissue in
reconstructed 1 millimeter thin slices in addition to the traditional mammography views. The additional views help to reduce confusion
of overlapping tissue and hopefully reduce call backs.
Who Is This For?
3D Mammography is available for patients along with their annual screening mammogram. While it has shown to benefit all types of breast
composition, this is especially beneficial in women with dense breast tissue.
Yearly mammograms and breast awareness play a crucial role in early detection. We are pleased to offer 3D mammography to our community
in our continuous efforts to improve early detection. The stage at which breast cancer is detected strongly influences a woman’s chance
of survival. Simply put, if found and treated early, breast cancer is among the most curable cancers.
How Should I Prepare?
To request 3D Mammography in addition to your mammogram, call 850-878-6104 as soon as possible before your scheduled appointment. 3D Mammography must be
scheduled in advance of your appointment due to limited availability. 3D was FDA approved in February 2011 but is not yet covered by insurance. There is a
nominal cost to you, due at time of service.
What to Expect During the Procedure
The 3D procedure takes place during your breast compression for your screening mammogram and adds only a few seconds to the full exam.