When a woman reaches the age of 40, she should have regular mammograms to evaluate her breast health. Three-dimensional (3D) mammography offers a better image and more precise detection of breast cancer. This service is offered by the team of expert OB/GYNs at Premier Women’s care of Southwest Florida with locations in Cape Coral, and Fort Myers, Florida. To find out more about 3D mammograms, call the office or book an appointment online.
The National Cancer Institute recommends that women get regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer. Women older than 40 should have mammograms every one to two years. If you have a family history of breast cancer or are at a high risk, talk to the doctors at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida to discuss an earlier start to mammograms and a more frequent screening schedule.
Approved by the FDA, 3D mammography takes several images of your breast tissue to create a 3D picture of your breasts. Traditional mammography takes just a single image. Multiple images mean a better picture of your breast health.
Because it offers multiple images of your breast tissue, it gives the doctors at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida a better picture of your breasts and potential masses. In short, it’s easier to detect breast cancer through 3D mammography.
Any woman needing a mammogram should consider 3D mammography. You especially benefit if you have dense breast tissue that makes conventional mammograms hard to read. A 3D mammogram also makes it easier for the doctors to evaluate the size of any cancer detected and reduces the chances that they’ll see a false positive. This means fewer callbacks that unnecessarily cause stress and anxiety in women.
A 3D mammogram carries no greater risk than a traditional mammogram. It emits the same amount of radiation and gives you virtually the same experience. The image takes just a little longer to take – just four seconds total, however. You experience no greater compression or discomfort.
All types of mammography are safe for women with breast implants. A mammogram generates about 20 pounds of pressure; breast implants are designed to tolerate hundreds of pounds.
For more about mammograms and 3D technology, call Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, or book an appointment online.