3D Mammography

3D Mammography Available close to home

Women in Southwest Michigan have access to new 3D mammography technology, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis with locations in Niles and St. Joseph. Used in combination with a 2D, or conventional, mammogram, 3D mammography requires no additional breast compression.

The generated 2D images and 3D™ slices are reviewed together to make a clinical decision or diagnosis. In comparison to conventional mammogram images, 3D mammography allows radiologists the ability to examine breast tissue one thin layer at a time, making fine details more visible and less likely to be hidden by overlapping tissue – especially for women with dense breast tissue.

Clinical studies show it's able to detect 41% more invasive cancers and reduce the need for follow up visits by 40%.

Important things to know:

  • Because 3D mammograms may not be covered by all insurance plans, contact your insurance provider before your appointment.
  • 3D mammography complements standard 2D mammography. No additional breast compression is required and it only takes a few more seconds. The experience will be very similar to mammograms patients have had in the past. 
  • 3D mammography allows radiologists the ability to examine breast tissue one thin layer at a time, making fine details more visible and less likely to be hidden by overlapping tissue – especially for women with dense breast tissue. 
  • A 3D mammogram releases the same amount of radiation as a traditional mammogram. It is of no greater risk to the patient.

You can schedule a mammogram through MyChart or by calling 800.791.2810

To schedule your 3D mammography appointment at the Center for Outpatient Services, St. Joseph or Spectrum Health Lakeland Niles Hospital call 800.791.2810.


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