Types of Mammography
3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)
Tomosynthesis is an imaging tool that uses low-energy x-rays to create a 3D image of the breasts.
While conventional mammography takes pictures of the breast from two angles — up and down, and left and right — tomosynthesis takes multiple pictures from many angles.
The experts at Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program may use tomosynthesis in conjunction with conventional mammography to provide the most optimal image of your breasts for a clear diagnosis.
» Learn more about 3D mammography by Magee-Womens Imagining.
Digital mammography is the use of a phosphor plate, rather than film, to view mammography images.
The Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program uses digital mammography to enhance the breast images when dense breast tissue may be obscuring tumors, such as in:
- Younger women
- Women who have had radiation
- Women who have had hormone replacement therapy
Digital mammography may offer a higher degree of accuracy in identifying tumors and other breast abnormalities for these women.
» Learn more about digital mammography by Magee-Womens Imaging.