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Tomosynthesis-3D mammography

3D Mammography – tomosynthesis (TOMO) is available at
The Women's Imaging Center at Cy-Fair Hospital at
11307 FM 1960 West, Suite 340, Houston, Texas 77065

 The Women's Imaging Center at Cy-Fair Hospital at
14044 Spring Cypress Road at Grant Rd, Cypress, Texas 77429

To schedule call 281.897.3121


What is TOMO?
r 3D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection that can be done in conjunction with a traditional 2D digital mammogram.

During the 3D part of the exam, the x-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over your breast, taking multiple breast images. Then, a computer produces a 3D image of breast tissue in one millimeter slices, providing greater visibility for the radiologist to see breast detail in a way never before possible. They can scroll through images of your entire breast like pages of a book.

The additional 3D images make it possible for our radiologist to gain a better understand of your breast tissue during screen and the confidence to reduce the need for follow-up imaging.

Why is there a need for tomosynthesis breast exams? What are the benefits?
With conventional digital mammography, the radiologist is viewing all the complecities of your breast tissue in on e flat image. Sometimes breast tissue can overlap, giving the illusion of normal breast tissue looking like an abnormal area.

By looking at the breast tissue in one millimeter slices, the radiologist can provide a more confident assessment. In this way, 3D mammography finds cancers missed with conventional 2D mammography. It also means there is less chance your doctor will call you back later for a "second look," because now they can see breast tissue more clearly.

What is the difference between a screening and diagnostic mammogram?
A screening mammogram is your annual mammogram that is done every year. Sometimes the radiologist may ask you to come back for follow-up images which is called a diagnostic mammogram to rule out an unclear area in the breast or if there is a breast complaint that nees to be evaluated.

What should you expect during the 3D mammography exam?
3D mammography complements standard 2D mammography and is performed at the same time with the same system. There is no additional compression required, and it only takes a few more seconds longer for each view.

Is there a radiation dose?
Very low x-ray energy is used during the exam, just about the same amount as a traditional mammogram done on film.

Who can have a 3D mammography exam?
It is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram, in both the screening and diagnostic settings.

To schedule your annual screening mammogram, call 281-897-3121.