Before a diagnostic 3D mammogram, it is important to avoid using deodorants, lotions, or powders on the day of your exam since these can sometimes cause issues with the images.
If you are experiencing any symptoms which require evaluation with diagnostic mammography, please inform us at the time of scheduling so that appropriate time is given for this exam and consultation with the radiologist. Always be sure to inform your technologist if you are having any new breast symptoms on the day of your exam.
A 3D mammogram is performed much like traditional 2D digital mammography. During a 3D mammogram, a technologist trained in mammography uses an X-ray machine to obtain images of the breast. The technologist will position each breast on a plate within the machine to include as much of the breast tissue as possible. Compression will be applied to thin the breast tissue in order to minimize the dose of radiation to the breast. This also prevents blurring of the image (motion artifact) and provides improved detail.
After a diagnostic 3D mammogram, a breast imaging radiologist will immediately evaluate the images and consult with you, discussing the results and giving recommendations for follow-up.
During this consultation, you have the opportunity to discuss any issues regarding your breast health and ask any questions. A written copy of the results is provided. If a biopsy is recommended, it will be scheduled as soon as possible after the diagnostic evaluation.