CCH Radiology staff with the new 3D mammography unit

Mammography is the best way to detect breast cancer early. One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer is sometimes found after symptoms appear, but many women with breast cancer have no symptoms.

A mammogram uses a machine designed to look specifically at breast tissue. The machine takes x-rays at lower doses than usual x-rays. Because these x-rays don’t go through tissue easily, the machine has two plates that compress or flatten the breast to spread the tissue apart. This gives a better picture and allows less radiation to be used.

Central Community Hospital now offers 3D mammography…

What is the difference between a 3D mammogram and a 2D mammogram?

    • 3D mammography captures multiple images from several angles, creating a multi-layered breast image, where as a 2D mammogram captures one image.
    • 3D mammography improves visibility by reducing tissue superimposition or the stacking of breast tissue, which makes it difficult to see through.
    • There is no additional compression required with 3D mammography.
    • The exposure/compression time is about 4 seconds and uses approximately the same radiation dose as a 2D mammogram.
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