A mammogram is an X-ray picture of breast tissue. These pictures help medical providers detect tumors that can’t be felt, to note changes in breast tissue and to determine if breast tissue is dense, which is a risk factor for breast cancer.
Mammography at Coquille Valley Hospital is available in 2D or 3D. Mammograms in 2D are two pictures of each breast, taken from the top and from the side, to create a complete image of the breast. Mammograms in 3D, aka tomosynthesis, produce more pictures of each breast, creating better clarity.
To serve our patients, we offer the latest technology in 3D mammography: Hologic’s 3Dimensions mammography system. This new system, now in place at our Medical Imaging facility, provides high-quality 3D images for radiologists and a more comfortable experience for patients.
Both 2D and 3D mammography are in line with current screening recommendations, according to the American Cancer Society. For women with known dense breast tissue, 3D mammography is sometimes recommended. It is up to individual health insurance carriers as to which kind of mammogram is covered, so be sure to check with your insurance provider about your coverage.
Whether you have a 2D or 3D mammogram, the experience for the patient is the same: each breast is gently compressed. This is especially true for Hologic’s 3Dimensions mammography system, which is designed to minimize discomfort while achieving the highest quality breast images. Mammogram results generally will be mailed to patients of Coquille Valley Hospital Medical Imaging within a week of the appointment. The information also will be available via the patient portal. If any abnormalities are detected, you will be contacted as soon as possible.
Read more about mammography from the National Cancer Institute.