Effective Jan. 1, all 26 imaging centers within the Northside Hospital system that provide mammography services, as well as the ScreenAtlanta mobile mammography van, will offer digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography.
The latest generation of the technology provides a more comfortable experience, with equipment that is curved to fit the patient and a shorter compression time. During the same compression, patients receive their traditional screening mammogram in combination with breast tomosynthesis, which takes a series of low-dose images from multiple angles around the breast. The images are then reconstructed by a computer to provide a 3D model of the breast. Patients should notice almost no difference from prior digital mammogram experiences.