3D mammography is currently the latest technology for breast cancer imaging and screening, and has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), indicating that it is a safe, accurate and effective breast imaging tool. The radiation dose remains low and has been approved for breast cancer screening purpose in many Western countries. When compared with conventional 2D mammography, 3D mammography allows multiple 1mm-thin-slice evaluation of the breast tissues. It eliminates the superimposed tissues that occur in 2D mammography, and therefore allows for better visualisation of the tumor and its extent. 3D mammography reduces the amount of additional spot views and the radiation dose from the extra views in clarification of an abnormality. There is also a reduction of compression force during mammography, which significantly improves the patient’s comfort and experience during breast imaging. Cancer detection rate and diagnostic accuracy are much improved by this new emerging imaging technique. Therefore, it has potential to become the dominant breast imaging tool within the near future.
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Usually once a year but for those with a family history and cancer-prone tissues, more frequent tests are recommended to monitor development.
This procedure uses multiple low dose X-ray projections from a range of angles of the breast. The computer then calculates and reconstructs multiple images of 1mm thickness of the breast tissues. This allows for a better visualisation and early detection of breast cancer. You will be asked to undress to the waist and remove all your personal belongings, and change into an X-Ray robe. The whole procedure will usually take no more than 30 minutes.
This is usually recommended for women aged 40 or above, but earlier screening can be considered for those in the high risk group, such as those with family history of breast cancer or with genetic tendency.