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3D Tomosynthesis Mammography

A mammogram is a special type of x-ray used only for the breast. Mammography can be used either to look for very early breast cancer in women without breast symptoms (screening) or to examine women who do have breast symptoms (diagnostic).

3D Tomosynthesis mammography further enhances the ability to detect cancer by generating a "3D" view of the breast which enables the Radiologist to detect cancers which may be otherwise obscured. 

What to expect?
You will need to undress from the waist up. One of your breasts will be positioned between two plastic plates which will flatten the breast slightly. Most women find that this is a bit uncomfortable, but not painful. Generally two x-rays are taken of each breast. It is also useful to compare the results with earlier examinations and you should take any previous mammography results with you.

This page was last updated at 10:14AM on October 7, 2021.