Breast screening guidelines and 3D mammography

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Davis Hospital and Medical Center now offers 3D Mammography for breast cancer screening. Certified mammography technologists administer this advanced procedure, and fellowship-trained radiologists interpret the results. 3D mammography offers a heightened level of accuracy compared to traditional mammograms.

How does 3D mammography work?

This new technology allows radiologists to view the whole breast in high-resolution sections, improving the detection rates of invasive breast cancers. Images of the breast are acquired at different angles and a 3D image is created. This can significantly reduce the need for additional imaging following a screening mammogram.

Who is a good candidate for this type of screening?

Women who:

  • Have a family history of breast cancer
  • Have a prior history of breast cancer risks
  • Have dense breast tissue
  • Need a baseline mammogram

Breast Self-awareness and Breast Screening Guidelines

Breast self-awareness means:

  • Knowing your personal risk of breast cancer and family history of breast cancer
  • Recognizing what feels normal for you through self exams
  • Getting clinical breast exams beginning in your 20s and mammograms every year starting at age 40
  • Speaking with your doctor about your health and risk factors