3D/2D Mammography (Breast Tomosynthesis)

Mid-Delaware Imaging is proud to announce that we are the first facility in Dover to offer 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis). 3D Mammography allows our radiologists to examine your breast tissue layer by layer. So, instead of viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with traditional 2D mammography, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below.

A 3D Mammography exam is very similar to having a traditional 2D mammogram in that both use low-dose X-rays to capture images of the breast to look for abnormalities in the breast tissue that may represent cancer. Like a 2D mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast and take images from different angles. No additional compression is required and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view. The total patient radiation dose for a 3D mammogram at MDI is well within the FDA safety standards for mammography.

As with most new technologies, it can take the insurance industry a while to include new services in their benefit package. Please check with your insurance company to see if they currently cover 3D Mammography. If they do not, 2D Mammography is still performed on the same mammography machine. However, Mid-Delaware Imaging truly believes in the difference that the 3D Genius Mammography exam makes in our patients’ care which is why we offer it at a dramatically lower out of pocket cost compared to other facilities in the region. Please contact us for our current rate.

If breast cancer is found early, before it has spread to lymph nodes, the five-year survival rate is almost 100%. The mammography technology Mid-Delaware Imaging uses is the only 3D mammography technology proven to detect 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduce false positives by up to 40%.*

MDI's mammography unit is MQSA certified and ACR accredited.

Technology / Equipment

Hologic Genius 3D Mammography System

Exam Preparations

  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
  • If you have had mammograms in the past, please have them sent to us prior to your exam, or bring them the day of your study.
  • Be prepared to describe any breast symptoms, changes or problems you are having with your breasts.
  • Patients are encouraged to leave all jewelry at home. Jewelry, including piercings, must be removed prior to your study.
  • Do not schedule your mammogram the week before your period. The best time is typically one week following your last period.
  • Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms on the day of your mammogram, as these substances can cause artifacts on the images.
  • If you have sensitive or tender breasts, consider taking an Advil or Tylenol one hour prior to your mammogram.

For your safety, please notify our scheduling department and technologists.

  • If you believe you may be pregnant
  • If you have breast implants

Patient Experience

During your visit, a patient advocate will show you to the changing area and can assist you if necessary. For a mammogram, we will ask you to change into a gown that opens in the front. For your convenience, we recommend that you wear a two-piece outfit on the day of your appointment. Our changing rooms offer secure lockers, but we encourage patients to leave valuables at home.

A 3D Mammography exam is very similar to having a traditional 2D mammogram. Like a 2D mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast and take images from different angles. No additional compression is required and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view. The technologist is specially trained and certified by the American Registry of Radiological Technologists to take care of you during your mammogram scan. During your mammogram, the technologists will position you and place your breast on a platform and compress it with a paddle made of plexiglass.

Breast compression is necessary in order to:

  • Even out the breast thickness to improve tissue visualization
  • Ensure that small abnormalities will not be obscured
  • Reduce radiation exposure
  • Hold the breast still to eliminate blurring caused by motion

The technologist will gradually apply pressure until the breast is fully compressed. Inform the technologist if you experience sudden or sharp discomfort.

Note: Screening mammograms for patients with implants take approximately 30 minutes. Four views of each breast are taken which include standard views and implant displaced views. The technologist will step behind a lead-glass shield while capturing the images. Screening mammograms include a top-to-bottom view and a side view. The process is repeated for the opposite breast.

After The Exam

Once the exam is completed, the images are analyzed by a board certified radiologist who generates a diagnostic report outlining the findings. This report is then sent to your physician within 24 hours (unless there are studies performed at an outside facility that the radiologist will need for comparison). Your physician will consider the radiologist's interpretation of your mammogram in the context of your overall care.

At MDI, we proudly offer personal consultations with a radiologist to discuss the findings of your mammogram. If time allows, the patient may opt to wait at the facility to directly speak with the radiologist or he/she may request that the radiologist call them with the results when available. In addition, MDI is the only facility in Delaware to offer Double Read Mammography, which means 2 board certified Radiologists independently read nearly every 2D and 3D mammogram performed at MDI independent of one another at no additional cost to the patient. Studies have shown that more cancers are detected when two physicians analyze a mammogram as opposed to a single physician.

Further Information

If you would like additional information on this procedure, we recommend visiting http://mygenius3d.com.

* Data on file with Hologic

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