3D Mammography for Breast Cancer Detection
A 3D mammogram (breast tomosynthesis) is an imaging test that combines multiple breast X-rays to create a three-dimensional picture of the breast.
A 3D mammogram is used to look for breast cancer in people who have no signs or symptoms. It can also be used to investigate the cause of breast problems, such as a breast mass, pain and nipple discharge.
When used for breast cancer screening, 3D mammogram machines create 3D images and standard 2D mammogram images. Studies show that combining 3D mammograms with standard mammograms reduces the need for additional imaging and slightly increases the number of cancers detected during screening. But more study is needed to understand whether 3D mammograms may reduce the risk of dying of breast cancer more than a standard mammogram alone.
Core Needle Breast Biopsy using Local Anesthesia
When a suspicious lesion is discovered using MRI, mammogram or ultrasound, a core needle breast biopsy offers an alternative to surgery for pain-free and highly-accurate evaluation. The test uses an image-guided system along with local anesthesia to provide a precise diagnosis while reducing the scar typically associated with breast biopsies. This type of breast biopsy is cost-effective and offers shortened procedure and recovery times.
This is a supplemental tool for breast cancer screening for women with dense breasts or uncertain mammogram results.
Early Detection Saves Lives
Annual mammograms are recommended beginning at age 40 and continuing for as long as the woman is in good health. A Clinical breast exam (CBE) is recommended every three years for women in their twenties and thirties as part of a periodic health exam. Then, a CBE is recommended every year for a woman 40 and over.
It is important that women know how their breasts normally feel and report any breast changes to their health care providers. Breast self-exams (BSE) is an option for women starting in their twenties.
Ask Dr. Chou at your next appointment how to perform a BSE or for accurate and early diagnosis of breast cancer using the latest breast cancer detection tests and techniques.