3D Mammography

Annual Women's Health Section

This screening technology has revolutionized the early detection of breast cancer.

Understanding Mammograms

According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and early detection is critical in determining prognosis. Mammography uses x-rays to produce images of breast tissue and is the most common screening test for breast cancer detection.

While mammograms are traditionally two-dimensional, a new, more accurate mammography technology has recently emerged Breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, provides detailed three-dimensional images that allow radiologists to view different layers of breast tissue and detect small masses or abnormalities that have previously been more difficult to visualize.

What to Expect

woman taking a 3D mammography

Receiving a 3D mammogram looks similar to the traditional method. Each breast will be gently compressed while an x-ray machine captures three-dimensional images of the breast tissue from top to bottom and side to side. Afterwards, your radiologist will screen the images for signs of cancer or other problems.


Compared to the traditional 2D method, which can be unclear, 3D mammography provides detailed images that yield accurate results. This accuracy reduces the need for additional testing, alleviating stress and taking less time out of women’s days.

A mammogram is recommended yearly for all women beginning at age 40, and now, 3D mammography is an option for this routine screening. If you are due for your annual mammogram, make sure to prioritize your health and schedule an appointment.

An Expert Weighs In

“I recommend 3D mammograms for all women. Early detection is our best defense against breast cancer, and 3D mammograms can detect more cancers than traditional 2D mammograms. 3D mammograms are now conveniently offered at all five Erlanger Breast Centers. Is it time for yours?”

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