Cutting-Edge Tomosynthesis Technology for New Jersey Patients


Hunterdon Radiology provides testing services utilizing state-of-the-art equipment to provide patients and their doctors with clear, accurate results. We strive to stay at the forefront of advancements in medical technology, and we are one of the first New Jersey clinics to offer tomosynthesis testing to detect harmful irregularities in breast tissue.

What is Tomosynthesis / 3D Digital Mammography?

Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D Digital Mammography, uses 3D imaging technology that scans the breast for harmful irregularities. However, instead of a flat, two-dimensional picture, tomosynthesis creates a three-dimensional digital image. This 3D image sometimes allows doctors to detect lumps or other irregularities that might not be seen on a traditional mammogram. The technology is new and only available at select facilities; Hunterdon Radiology is proud to be one of the first facilities in the area providing women and their physicians with this advanced method of detecting breast cancer.

3D Digital Mammography vs. Digital Mammography

To understand the advantages offered by tomosynthesis testing, it’s necessary to understand how the procedure varies from our other digital mammogram scan. In either case, the same kind of digital imaging machine is used, but 3D digital mammography uses a series of multiple scans combined for a 3D image. Tomosynthesis testing is quick and easy, lasting less than ten seconds. The machine’s X-ray tube moves around the breast in an arc, taking 11 different images over the course of seven seconds. The machine then sends the 3D images to a computer, at which point the test is complete.

About the Procedure

A digital mammogram machine pulls the breast away from the body, compressing the breast between two glass plates, and it takes digital X-ray images. Dense, cancerous breast tissue may show up as irregular white patches on the X-ray.

Digital mammograms are highly effective, and we encourage every woman to continue to undergo regular mammogram testing. Tomosynthesis is simply another way to test breast health, as it provides doctors with a different view of breast tissue. Tomosynthesis testing isn’t necessary for every patient, but the technology provides doctors with another valuable diagnostic option.

Because of the added detail of a 3D scan, cancerous cells could be easier to spot on a tomosynthesis image. Mammograms are very good at detecting irregularities, but tomosynthesis is more effective for some patients, particularly those with relatively dense breast tissue.

Medical providers interested in learning more about the 3D Digital Mammography procedure offered by Hunterdon Radiology should contact our staff for information. If you are a patient, call us today or schedule your testing appointment online. We look forward to working with you!

Why Regular Mammography Is Important

 

Mammograms are often the first line of defense against breast cancer, particularly in women over 40 years old. Mammography can detect irregularities in the breast up to two years before doctors are able to detect lumps during physical examinations. This means cancer can be detected earlier, and the chances of effectively treating and preventing the spread of cancer are much higher. At Hunterdon Radiological Associates, we offer both digital mammography and 3-D digital mammography, which is used in conjunction with regular digital mammography to provide an enhanced look at breast tissue in special cases.

How Do Mammograms Work?

Mammography uses a low-energy X-ray to digitally image the breast tissue. The X-ray highlights irregularities such as cysts or tumors. During a mammogram, each breast is placed between two plastic paddles and compressed. This flattens the breast tissue and allows our radiologists to capture a more accurate and thorough image. During a screening mammogram, two images are taken of each breast. Diagnostic mammograms are more thorough and take more images from several angles. Diagnostic mammograms are performed after abnormalities have been seen in a screening mammogram, if nipple discharge is present or when breast lumps have been found.

Who Should Be Getting Mammograms?

Women aged 40 to 74 should be receiving regular mammography. If there is a history of breast cancer in a woman's family, mammograms should be performed yearly during this time. Women with no family history should be receiving them every two years. Any woman who has found a lump in her breast or has other breast cancer symptoms may also require a diagnostic mammogram. Women over the age of 74 should discuss mammograms with their doctor prior to booking an appointment.

Men with symptoms such as lumps in the breast tissue or nipple discharge may also require diagnostic mammography.

Book Your Mammogram Today

We understand that screening can be a stressful time for many, so for a caring and sensitive experience, book a mammogram today at our Brems Imaging Center in Annandale, NJ. Check our exam schedule for available times and contact us via email or at (908) 237-5395 to set up your mammogram.