Mammography and Tomosynthesis
Mammograms are x-ray exams of the breast. They are most often used to screen for breast cancer in women who have no symptoms. Mammograms and other breast imaging tests can also be used in women who have breast symptoms, such as a lump or pain, or who have a suspicious change seen on a screening mammogram.
Mammography is the only screening tool that has been demonstrated through large randomized trials to lower breast cancer mortality. Those trials included all breast densities. While mammography sensitivity is somewhat lower in women with extremely dense breasts, it is still the best modality for population-based screening. Also, mammography is the only test that can reliably detect suspicious calcifications. Such calcifications are often the first sign of in-situ cancers, which (in 20% of cases) coexist with otherwise invisible invasive cancers.
A Physician Assistant preps a study for review by a Radiologist
3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) is the newest technology in breast cancer detection, and Greensboro Radiology is proud to be one of the first practices in North Carolina to offer this revolutionary screening and diagnostic tool. 3D mammography works in conjunction with conventional 2D mammography. During the 3D part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple breast images in a matter of seconds. These images are then used to produce a three-dimensional view of your breast tissue in one millimeter slices. This allows radiologists greater visibility to see detail in breast tissue in a way never before possible, helping find the cancers that may have been previously missed and reducing the chance your doctor will call you back unnecessarily.
Patients scheduled for a 3D mammogram can find additional resources about the exam by clicking on the video below.
3D Mammography imaging provided by Greensboro Radiology
Services we offer:
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Breast Biopsies / Procedures
For information on the North Carolina Breast Density law, please click here.