OB-GYN North Dallas is pleased to offer 3D Mammography
OB-GYN North Dallas is pleased to offer our patients the latest technology and convenience in women's health care. In our effort to provide one-stop, annual well-woman exams, we are now offering the convenience of 3D mammography in our office for your annual breast screening.
Mammograms are x-ray images of the breast. They allow doctors to screen for early signs of breast cancer and other abnormalities in the breast tissue that might not be felt during a routine breast exam. When breast cancer is found early, it is easiest to treat and produces the best possible outcome. It is recommended that when a woman reaches age 40, that she receives an annual mammogram.
Our mammography services include:
- Screening mammograms to look for signs of breast cancer when no symptoms or lumps are present
- Digital mammograms produce high quality x-ray images that are saved as a file in a computer and can be reviewed immediately
- 3D mammograms are similar to regular mammograms except that multiple images are taken at various angles, and a computer puts those images together into a 3D digital image of the breast. Learn more about 3D mammography below
A mammogram is a simple, painless procedure that we can do right in the office. Our gynecologists, nurses, and x-ray technicians will make you feel comfortable and at ease during your mammogram.
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Call (972) 981-7777 and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to help you schedule a mammogram at OB-GYN North Dallas.
3D Mammography FAQs
A 3D mammography exam is very similar to a traditional 2D mammogram, but far more accurate in earlier breast cancer detection than any other mammogram. Like a 2D mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast, and take images from different angles.
3D mammography works by capturing multiple slices (images) of the breast from several angles, creating a layered three-dimensional breast image. Our radiologist is then able to review your breast, one thin slice at a time, almost like turning pages in a book, which helps them make a more accurate diagnosis. Unlike a 2D traditional mammography, where doctors can only see the front cover of the book because they are viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, 3D mammography allows for more detail to be seen.
There's no additional compression required with 3D mammography, and it only takes a few seconds longer.
- 3D mammography is clinically proven to be superior to a regular 2D mammogram.
- Several large studies have shown that 3D mammography detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces the chance that you will need to be called back for additional views by up to 40%.
- 3D mammography is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram regardless of age or breast type - or whether you are coming in for a screening and/or diagnostic mammogram. Contact your insurer to verify that you are covered for the 3D mammography procedure.
- Very little X-ray dose is used during the 3D mammography exam, just about the same amount as a traditional film mammogram and well within the FDA safety standards for mammography.
Before your imaging procedure, be sure to ask your physician the following questions:
- Why is the test needed?
- How will having the test improve my care?
- Are there alternatives that do not use radiation and deliver similar results?
- Is the facility accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)?
- Are pediatric and adult tests delivered using the appropriate radiation doses?
When you see the gold seal of accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) prominently displayed at an imaging facility, you can be sure that facility meets the standards for imaging quality and safety.
To achieve the ACR gold seal of accreditation, our facility's personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific criteria.
It's important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.
- Our facility has voluntarily gone through a vigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally accepted standards of care.
- Our personnel are well-qualified, through education and certification, to perform medical imaging, interpret your images, and administer your radiation therapy treatments.
- Our equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive, and our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.
When you see the ACR gold seal, you can rest assured that your prescribed imaging test will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. The facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.