3D Digital Mammography Preparation

What is 3D Digital Mammography with Tomosynthesis (DBT)?

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) acquires a series of low-dose images at different angles, the acquired images are reconstructed into a series of high-resolution slices displayed individually or dynamically in a cine mode making the Hexagonal pixels distribute the electrical field more efficiently than traditional square pixels, to capture stronger signals with less noise obtaining exceptionally sharp images, even at low dose.

3D Digital Mammography with Tomosynthesis (DBT) offers shorter examination times and significantly improved patient comfort and convenience since the time the patient must remain still is much shorter.

3D Digital Mammography with Tomosynthesis (DBT) offers several advantages over regular digital Mammography, including:

  • Higher detection rate of breast cancer and less call backs in:
  • Women under 50
  • Pre & peri-menopausal women
  • Women with dense breast tissue
  • Reduced need for extra pictures
  • Less pain and discomfort due to the new Comfort Paddle Design
  • Less Radiation
  • Safer on Patients with Breast Implants

How Can I Prepare For My Digital Mammogram?

  • To help minimize discomfort during mammography, schedule your mammogram to take place one week after your period (when breasts are less tender).
  • If possible, bring your previous mammogram with you, or bring a list of where and when you have had previous mammograms with you to your appointment.
  • On the day of the examination, do not wear talcum powder, deodorant, lotion or perfume under your arms or on your breasts. These substances can cause artifacts on your mammogram making the images harder to interpret (aluminum flecks in some powders and deodorants can mimic microcalcifications on the x-ray image).
  • Wear a two piece outfit so that you only have to remove your top and bra for the examination: a blouse which buttons in the front is optimal since it can be easily removed, while pullover tops are less convenient.
  • Any breast symptoms or problems that a woman is experiencing should be described to the technologist performing the examination. A woman should also be prepared to discuss with the mammography technologist any pertinent history: prior surgeries, hormone use, family or personal history of breast cancer. Prior to mammography a woman should also discuss any new findings or problems in her breasts with her clinician.

What A Person Experiences, What to Expect During Mammography

  • Patient preparation involves removing any articles of clothing or jewelry that might interfere with the creation of the x-ray image (see above ” Preparations for Mammogram” list for more information).
  • During mammography, a technologist will position the patient and image the breast. The breast is first placed on a special cassette and gently compressed with a paddle (often made of clear Plexiglas or other plastic). This flattens the breast so that the maximum amount of tissue can be imaged and examined. Breast compression may cause some discomfort, but only lasts for a brief time during the mammography procedure .
  • The technologist will step behind a special shielded glass or may leave the room during x-ray exposure. The patient is asked to hold their breath and remain perfectly still for a few moments while the technologist makes the x-ray picture.
  • After all of the necessary views are taken, the technologist will ask you to get dressed and wait while the x-ray images are reviewed.
  • After the films are reviewed, the patient will be released from the imaging department or center. In some cases, more images will need to be taken.

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