Regular mammogram screening is important for early detection of breast cancer and has been shown to reduce your chance of dying from breast cancer. Depending on your personal risk of breast cancer, there are pros and cons regarding at which age to begin mammograms and how frequently to do them. Your choice should be based on your personal preference after a discussion with your physician or primary care provider.
One of your options is a digital breast tomosynthesis or “3-D mammogram.” In this new type of mammogram, multiple images are combined by a computer to create a detailed, three-dimensional picture of the breast. The enhanced detail obtained during the test might improve breast cancer detection and reduce the need to return for additional, follow-up imaging.
While promising, this technology has not been proven to reduce breast cancer death rates as compared to conventional mammography. It is also more expensive and may not be covered by all insurance companies.
If you want your mammogram to include the tomosynthesis 3-D images, please alert the mammogram technician. An additional cost of $75 will be collected at the time of the exam if this test is not covered by your insurance. This payment does not include the Radiologist’s fee to read the tomosynthesis image, which is $100 up to $150.