3-D Mammogram (Breast Tomosynthesis) in Houston
The Latest Technology for Early Detection
Breast tomosynthesis is an innovative new, FDA-approved digital technology that helps physicians detect smaller tumors sooner -- at the earliest stages of breast cancer.
The 3-D imaging technology of tomosynthesis enables radiologists to see "inside" the breast. This reduces or eliminates problems caused by dense tissue overlapping.
What is the Difference Between a 2-D and a 3-D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)?
A 2-D mammogram takes two-dimensional images of the breast: one from the top and the other from the side. A 3-D mammogram acquires an extensive imaging data set that is reformatted into multiple thin slides of the breast tissue. This allows the radiologist to look through the layers of normal breast tissue and detect small findings that may not be visible on the conventional 2-D mammogram.
Do I Qualify for 3-D Mammogram?
Breast tomosynthesis is available immediately to patients who are due for their yearly screening mammogram.
What to Expect During a 3-D Mammogram
Tomosynthesis takes 15 successive images at slightly different angles across the breast, resulting in improved accuracy in screening results and pinpointing of lesion location.
Make an Appointment
Schedule online or call 877-40-MAMMO to make an appointment for a 3-D mammogram.
Schedule your 3-D tomography online 24/7. Just click a time to get started. Click "next week" to see more appointment times.
Please note: If either of the following conditions apply to you, please contact our Central Scheduling Department at (877) 704-8700
to assist you in scheduling your procedure.
- You have been diagnosed with breast cancer and/or had a mastectomy or lumpectomy within the past 2 years.
- You are experiencing lumps or discharge from your breasts.
Breast Tomosynthesis (3-D imaging) can only be done in conjunction with a screening or diagnostic mammogram. The Tomo (3-D) portion of your exam may not be covered by your insurance. If not, there will be a $50.00 charge to cover the technical portion of your tomo exam at the time of service.
At applicable locations, MD Anderson Radiologists will bill your insurance separately for the radiologist interpretation.
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Breast Tomosynthesis in the News
Memorial Hermann is the first hospital system in South Texas to offer breast tomosynthesis, a 3-D mammogram that enables radiologists to see “inside” the breast. Physicians say this cutting-edge digital technology will help them detect smaller tumors at the earliest stages of breast cancer, potentially saving the lives of hundreds of women.
About the Clinical Trials
Clinical trials using the Dimensions 3-D system showed measurable improvement in clinical performance over conventional mammography. The trials also showed significant gains in specificity - the confidence to rule out cancer without recalling the patient for further study - and other benefits, including improved lesion and margin visibility and the ability to accurately localize structures in the breast.