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Breast Tomosynthesis - 3D Mammography

Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care now offers patients an advanced screening and diagnostic tool called digital breast tomosynthesis, also referred to as 3D mammography. 3D mammography imaging captures multiple “slices” of tissue and making it easier for doctors to see cancer.

Multiple angled images are acquired as the X-ray tube sweeps in a slight arc over the breast taking multiple images in just seconds. By viewing these images sequentially, it is easier for the radiologist to visualize a mass separate from overlapping breast tissue. A mass will be more conspicuous as it will stand out from breast tissue, not camouflaged in dense breast tissue.

3D mammography complements standard 2D mammography and is performed at the same time. There is no additional compression required.

The new technology reduces the percentage of patients who may be ‘called back’ from a screening mammogram for additional imaging. Overlapping tissue is separated and thus decreases need to call back a patient for questionable mass. The radiologist can scroll through images of your entire breast like pages of a book.

Benefits of 3D Mammography

  • Improves the ability to screen for and detect potential breast cancers.
  • Helps pinpoint size, shape, and location of abnormalities.
  • Increases the ability to accurately visualize abnormalities in dense breast tissue, which is often found in younger women.
  • Helps distinguish harmless abnormalities from real tumors, leading to fewer callbacks and less anxiety for women.
  • More information on Benefits of 3D Mammography.

The new 3D mammography at Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care offers physicians a better chance to diagnose breast cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage. Call 708.684.1000 to schedule your 3D mammogram.

3D mammography will have more limited availability for screening mammography patients. 3D mammography requested during daytime hours will be subject to wait times and availability, due to limited resources. 3D mammography will be available to the radiologist for diagnostic mammography.


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