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3D Mammography

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Mammography has made tremendous inroads in reducing the mortality rate from breast cancer over the past 30 years. There is an estimated 30% reduction in breast cancer mortality due to screening, and early detection of breast cancers means saving women’s lives.

Our caring environment, with the area’s most experienced professionals, addresses all of your breast imaging concerns.

Norwalk Radiology and Mammography Center utilizes 3-D mammography (also known as Breast Tomosynthesis) — the most recent advance in breast imaging technology — in a comfortable and relaxing setting. 

3-D mammography allows radiologists to view the breast in extremely thin layers, slice by slice and from multiple angles. These more detailed high-resolution images have been shown to significantly improve cancer detection and reduce radiation exposure.

3-D imaging is most helpful for women with dense, fibrocystic breasts as well as for those at high risk for breast cancer due to genetic risk factors.

Norwalk Radiology and Mammography Center was the first in Fairfield County to use a new computer-based program to provide objective, unbiased quantitative measurement of breast density.

Why is Breast Density Important?

Breast density is the percentage of glandular and fibrous tissue that exists in the breast.
The volume and distribution of dense breast tissue plays a major role in the sensitivity of screening mammography as well as the individual patient’s risk of developing breast cancer

  • 48% percent of women in the U.S. who have mammograms for the purpose of screening for breast cancer have dense breast tissue.
  • The risk associated with dense breasts is similar to the risk associated with a family history of breast cancer in a mother, sister, or daughter.
  • Women with extremely dense breasts are twice as likely to develop breast cancer as an average density woman.
If your mammogram should demonstrate a concerning shadow, then our team will then take the necessary steps to arrange and perform a biopsy to provide a timely diagnosis and ensure that you obtain the comprehensive medical care provided by the expert surgeons and oncologists at the Whittingham Cancer Center of Norwalk.

FAQs

3D Mammography

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Mammography has made tremendous inroads in reducing the mortality rate from breast cancer over the past 30 years. There is an estimated 30% reduction in breast cancer mortality due to screening, and early detection of breast cancers means saving women’s lives.

Our caring environment, with the area’s most experienced professionals, addresses all of your breast imaging concerns.

Norwalk Radiology and Mammography Center utilizes 3-D mammography (also known as Breast Tomosynthesis) — the most recent advance in breast imaging technology — in a comfortable and relaxing setting. 

3-D mammography allows radiologists to view the breast in extremely thin layers, slice by slice and from multiple angles. These more detailed high-resolution images have been shown to significantly improve cancer detection and reduce radiation exposure.

3-D imaging is most helpful for women with dense, fibrocystic breasts as well as for those at high risk for breast cancer due to genetic risk factors.

Norwalk Radiology and Mammography Center was the first in Fairfield County to use a new computer-based program to provide objective, unbiased quantitative measurement of breast density.

Why is Breast Density Important?

Breast density is the percentage of glandular and fibrous tissue that exists in the breast.
The volume and distribution of dense breast tissue plays a major role in the sensitivity of screening mammography as well as the individual patient’s risk of developing breast cancer

  • 48% percent of women in the U.S. who have mammograms for the purpose of screening for breast cancer have dense breast tissue.
  • The risk associated with dense breasts is similar to the risk associated with a family history of breast cancer in a mother, sister, or daughter.
  • Women with extremely dense breasts are twice as likely to develop breast cancer as an average density woman.
If your mammogram should demonstrate a concerning shadow, then our team will then take the necessary steps to arrange and perform a biopsy to provide a timely diagnosis and ensure that you obtain the comprehensive medical care provided by the expert surgeons and oncologists at the Whittingham Cancer Center of Norwalk.

FAQs

Who reads my mammogram – a general radiologist or a breast specialist?

A board certified diagnostic radiologist with expertise and certification in mammography and women’s imaging.

When will I know the results of my exam?

Immediately following your imaging, a radiologist will carefully evaluate the images and meticulously compare your current mammogram with prior exams to detect even slight changes. Results from a screening examination are available within 24 hours.

If your examination is being done because of a lump, breast pain or other symptoms then you will be informed of the results at the time of the examination and before you leave the facility.

You will also receive a letter informing you of your test results and breast density and your physician will receive a detailed written report.

How frequently do I need a mammogram?

Breast cancer screening recommendations for women at average risk

Mammography

American Cancer Society

National Comprehensive  Cancer Network

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

American Cancer Society

Informed decision-making with a health care provider ages 40-44;
Every year starting at age 45-54;
Every 2 years (or every year if a woman chooses to do so) starting at age 55, for as long as a woman is in good health

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Every year starting at age 40, for as long as a woman is in good health* 

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Informed decision-making  with a health care provider  ages 40-49;
Every 2 years ages 50-74

Clinical Breast Exam

American Cancer Society

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

American Cancer Society

Not recommended

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Every 1-3 years ages 25-39;
Every year starting at age 40

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Not enough evidence to recommend for or against

For more information see visit:
ww5.Komen.org/BreastCancer

What if I have breast implants?

Mammography can be done on women with breast implants. Additional views that gently ‘displace’ the implant away from the breast tissue provides for high quality diagnostic studies. Our expert technologists are trained to obtain these special images.

What is the difference between a screening and diagnostic mammogram?

A screening mammogram is your annual mammogram that is done every 1-2 years.

A diagnostic mammogram is performed to evaluate a specific area of interest in your breast. This maybe because your doctor or you have felt a lump, have localized pain or nipple discharge, or if a shadow is seen on your screening mammogram that needs to be looked at more closely.

Is there more radiation dose with 3D mammography?

Very low X-ray energy is used during the exam, just about the same amount as a traditional mammogram done on film. However the 3D technology frequently leads to fewer repeat or additional images.