South Sound Breast Center, a joint-venture between South Sound Radiology and Providence St. Peter Hospital, is excited to announce the installation of 3-D mammography. This exam has transformed how breast cancer is detected today by offering a superior mammogram for all breast types.
Schedule your 3-D mammogram today by calling 360.252.9301.
The most exciting advancement in mammography in more than 30 years
3-D mammography, or breast tomosynthesis, is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection. It uses unique computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers, building what is essentially a three-dimensional mammogram. This allows doctors to see breast tissue detail in a way never before possible to help find breast cancer at its earliest stages, when it is more treatable.
With 3-D mammograms, radiologists have the detailed information they need to identify breast cancer with greater certainty. That means there’s less of a chance you may need to be called back for additional views.
What to expect during your exam
3-D mammography is obtained similarly to standard 2-D digital mammography, and is approved for all women who would have conventional mammograms, in both the screening and diagnostic settings. No additional compression is required and it takes only a few more seconds for each view.
During the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over your breast, taking multiple breast images. Then, a computer produces a 3-D image of your breast tissues in one millimeter slices, providing greater visibility for the radiologist. They will scroll through images of your entire breast like pages of a book for a transparent and comprehensive view. There is very low X-ray energy used during the exam, so your radiation exposure is below the FDA guidelines.
Whether it’s your first or fifth mammogram, scheduling your annual screening at South Sound Breast Center is an important step to helping you live a healthy life.