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What is 3D Mammography?

3D mammography is a revolutionary state of the art technology approved by the FDA in February 2011, which gives radiologists the ability to view inside the breast layer by layer, helping to see the fine details more clearly by minimizing overlapping tissue. During a 3D mammogram, multiple low-dose images known as “slices” of the breast are acquired at different angles. With 3D technology, the radiologist can view a mammogram in a way never before possible.

Selenia Dimensions2Is 3D a separate exam or part of my usual mammogram?

The 3D exam is a separate procedure that is performed at the same time as your regular mammogram.

What is the cost and will my insurance cover the 3D exam?

Medicare, United Healthcare, and Cigna will cover 3D mammography. For those who have private insurances that are not yet covering the 3D portion, we will perform the 2D portion of the exam and bill your insurance company accordingly.

 

Patients who are not covered can also opt to have the additional 3D portion of the exam for only $65 dollars, which is due at the time of check-in. This expense is eligible for payment through your flexible spending account or health savings account. We encourage all patients to submit their out-of-pocket expenses to their insurance provider.

 

Click Here to see which insurances are currently covering 3D Mammomgraphy.

What are the benefits?

FEWER MAMMOGRAM CALLBACKS for additional mammography - 3D mammography helps distinguish harmless abnormalities from real cancers, leading to fewer callbacks for additional mammography and less anxiety for women. With 3D mammography, RRC radiologists have reduced patient callback rates by 20-30 percent.

Doctors and scientists agree that early detection is the best defense against breast cancer. 3D mammography has been shown in clinical studies to be more accurate than conventional mammography alone by detecting cancers earlier. This new technology increases breast cancer detection by 38%. It’s truly an important component in the screening process.

How long will it take?

The exam will take about 4 seconds longer per view while in compression than the 2D mammography.

How much radiation will I be exposed to?

It varies from person to person and is roughly equivalent to film/screen mammography. The amount of radiation is below government safety standards.

What if my doctor did not mention 3D Mammography to me?

3D is an optional service at this time and elected by the patient. Many physicians know about our new 3D technology and the feedback we have received has been very positive. If you need additional information to help you make this decision, please let the front desk know.

Why is RRC offering 3D Mammography?

RRC prides itself on offering the highest quality care for our patients. Our radiologists believe strongly that 3D mammography will benefit our patients.

How can I schedule an appointment for 3D Mammography?

Schedule your appointment by calling 239-936-4068. You can also Click Here to submit an online appointment request.

Where is 3D Mammography available?

 

 

If you're still curious about 3D mammography, take a minute to watch this informative video and see how a radiologist views 3D mammograms!

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