3D Mammography / Tomosynthesis Now Available

Atrium Ob/Gyn is pleased to offer our patients a breakthrough technology that revolutionizes how breast cancer is detected today - 3D Mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis.

3D Mammography is the most exciting advancement in breast cancer detection in more than 30 years and Atrium is the first in Stark County to provide this technology.

A 3D mammogram consists of multiple breast images taken in just seconds to produce a 3D image. The radiologist looks through the tissue one millimeter at a time seeing detail inside the breast in a way never before possible making breast abnormalities easier to see, even in dense tissue. It improves the radiologist's ability to detect potential breast cancers by helping to pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities and also enables the radiologist to distinguish harmless structures from tumors, leading to fewer false positives, fewer call-backs and less anxiety for women. Atrium Ob/Gyn is pleased to offer our patients a breakthrough technology that revolutionizes how breast cancer is detected today - 3D Mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis. 3D Mammography is the most exciting advancement in breast cancer detection in more than 30 years and Atrium is the first in Stark County to provide this technology.

A 3D mammogram consists of multiple breast images taken in just seconds to produce a 3D image. The radiologist looks through the tissue one millimeter at a time seeing detail inside the breast in a way never before possible making breast abnormalities easier to see, even in dense tissue. It improves the radiologist's ability to detect potential breast cancers by helping to pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities and also enables the radiologist to distinguish harmless structures from tumors, leading to fewer false positives, fewer call-backs and less anxiety for women.

The 3D mammogram is currently performed at the same time as the standard 2D digital mammography and does involve a minimal amount of additional radiation. The additional radiation is well within FDA's recommended guideline limits for mammography. The 3D mammogram is currently performed at the same time as the standard 2D digital mammography and does involve a minimal amount of additional radiation. The additional radiation is well within FDA's recommended guideline limits for mammography.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is 3D Mammography?

3D mammography combines a process known as "tomosynthesis" to produce a 3D mammogram in addition to a conventional 2D mammogram. Both image dimensions are important in screening for breast cancer. The 3D mammography technology allows the radiologist to see masses and distortions associated with cancers much more clearly in the 3D pictures. Calcification fields, which may be pre-cancerous indications, are more easily interpreted in the conventional 2D image. A good analogy for 3D mammography is like thinking of the pages in a book. If you look down at the cover you cannot see all the pages - but when you open it up, you can go through the entire book page-by-page to see everything between the covers. 3D mammography is designed with the same concept in mind.

What Are the Benefits?

Earlier Detection - 3D has been shown in clinical studies to be more accurate than conventional mammography alone in detecting cancers earlier. Better Visualization - 3D allows the radiologist to examine breast tissue layer by layer. Fine details are more clearly visible, no longer hidden by tissue above and below. Fewer Callbacks - 3D helps distinguish harmless abnormalities from real cancers, leading to fewer callbacks, fewer additional scans and biopsies, and less anxiety for patients.

How Much Radiation Will I Be Exposed To?

The radiation exposure of 3D mammography is a little more than with 2D mammography. Yet the total dose of the 3D technique is still well within FDA safe limits and much less than the annual exposure everyone receives from natural sources, such as cosmic rays and the soil.

Am I a Candidate for 3D Mammography?

Our team of providers believe strongly that 3D technology is beneficial for all of our mammography patients - whether your breast tissue is fatty or dense, whether you have a history of breast cancer or not, and whether you are at high risk or not.

What Can I Expect During My Exam?

The 3D exam will feel very similar to a traditional digital mammogram. The equipment and compression of the breast are almost identical. What's different is that the x-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images in just seconds. High-powered computing will convert the images into a 3D image, which can then be examined by the radiologist one page or "slice" at a time.

What is the Cost?

The fee for this additional service is $50 and is collected prior to imaging. This is an eligible expense through your flexible spending account.

Does My Insurance Cover This Cost?

A few insurance companies are currently reimbursing for this imaging, but most do not cover the 3D portion of the mammogram. We will submit the charge to your insurance company in addition to the insurance covered standard mammogram. You will be refunded any amount that your plan covers.


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Atrium OBGYN, Inc.
4151 Holiday Street NW
Canton, Ohio 44718

Phone: 330.492.8001
Fax: 330.492.2080



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