What is Breast Tomosynthesis at OceanRadiology in Brooklyn?

Breast tomosynthesis is the latest breakthrough in mammography. It provides a clearer, more accurate view of the breast and allows doctors to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of any abnormalities. This can lead to better detection, fewer call backs and greater peace of mind.

Early detection through screening mammography is one of the key reasons that death rates from breast cancer have been declining since the 1990s.Today, a new technology, breast tomosynthesis, is poised to transform the practice of mammography by inding cancers missed by conventional mammography

A New Dimension in Breast Cancer Detection

Conventional 2D mammography produces a single, flattened image of the breast, making it difficult for doctors to detect small cancers. Breast tomosynthesis minimizes the impact of overlapping breast tissue during imaging because the camera moves over the breast taking images from multiple angles. These images are combined to create a three dimensional rendering of the entire breast. At this time, breast tomosynthesis is performed along with a standard mammogram on the same scanner.

With breast tomosynthesis, our specialized breast radiologists can manipulate the images to see areas of concern from all angles. The benefits of 3D mammography include:

  • Earlier detection of small breast cancers that may be hidden during 2D mammography
  • Greater accuracy in pinpointing size, shape and location of abnormalities
  • Fewer unnecessary biopsies or additional tests
  • Greater likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumors, which occur in 15% of breast cancer patients