3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)
More detail. More accuracy.
More peace of mind.
Early detection is the best defense you have against
breast cancer. The UConn Health Center offers the latest FDA
approved technology that creates 3D breast images that help
doctors detect breast cancer earlier than previously
With 3D mammography or tomosynthesis, doctors can:
- Detect abnormalities that aren’t
detected by traditional mammograms
- Deliver more detail and accuracy
providing women with more peace of mind
What Is 3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)?
Traditional mammography is two-dimensional (2D) or flat.
Breast tissue is made up of pockets of dense tissue
surrounded by fat. When it’s x-rayed, the images can be
hazy, and this makes it hard to see early signs of cancer.
3D mammography converts digital breast images into a
stack of very thin layers or “slices”—building what is
essentially a 3-dimensional mammogram. This allows
radiologists to look at your breast tissue in far greater
detail than a traditional mammogram.
What You Should Expect During Your Exam
A tomosynthesis exam is very similar to a traditional
mammogram. At the UConn Health Center, you will receive a 2D
mammogram, as well as a 3D mammogram, which gives physicians
During the tomosynthesis portion of the exam, your breast
will be under compression while the x-ray arm of the
mammography machine makes a quick arc over the breast,
taking a series of breast images at a number of angles.
The whole procedure should take approximately the same
time as that of a traditional mammogram. The technologist
sends your breast images electronically to the radiologist,
who studies them and reports results to either your
physician or directly to you.
Who Should Get 3D Mammography?
- Women over 40 who have dense breast
- Women who are at high risk for breast
How Much Radiation Will I Be Exposed To?
The amount of radiation exposure is equivalent to screen