Mammograms in San Antonio, TX
3D Mammography for Breast Cancer Detection
Concord Imaging was the first to offer Digital Mammography in San Antonio
and Bexar County. We feature the Hologic Selenia Dimensions 3D Mammography
system. The Dimensions unit combines the resolution of Digital Mammography
with the newest technology of generating tomographic images through the
breasts that eliminate th e overlap of tissues that can both hide abnormalities
or make normal areas appear abnormal on a standard 2D mammogram.
Dr. Wiersig feels that the 3D technology represents an even bigger and
more important advance in the ability to find breast cancer at an early
stage than the introduction of digital mammography several years ago.
The new mammography equipment will also allow the ability to perform stereotactic
biopsies at Concord Imaging.
- Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography)
- Screening Mammogram
- Diagnostic Mammogram
- Implant Mammogram
- Unilateral Mammogram
- Breast Ultrasound
- Fine Needle Aspiration
- Cyst Aspiration
- Needle Localization
- Ultrasound Guided Core Biopsy
- Breast Scintigraphy
- Sentinel Node Localization
Detecting Breast Cancer via Mammography
One in eight women will be affected by breast cancer during her lifetime.
Successful treatment of breast cancer hinges upon early detection of the
disease to address it in its earliest stages. Doctors believe that early
detection of breast cancer could save thousands of lives or more each year.
- Mammograms are screening tests used to detect possible masses in the breast,
as well as follow up on or monitor malignant masses in the breast tissue.
- A mammogram utilizes X-rays to image the breast tissue, allowing for the
detection of masses or other abnormalities.
- Receiving regular mammograms can reduce the number of breast cancer-related
deaths among women aged 40-74.
- Digital mammography replaces traditional film with computer-based imaging
so results are visible immediately.
- 3D mammography images the breast in "slices" to create a complete
three-dimensional model of the breast tissue.
- If an abnormality is detected in the breast tissue via mammography, follow-up
imaging and biopsy are recommended to determine the nature of the mass.
Top Three Benefits of 3D Mammography
3D mammography creates a full image of the breast by sweeping the X-ray
camera in an arc around the breast. The procedure takes only seconds longer
than a 2D mammogram but can render a much more detailed image of the breast.
This technique offers many advantages over two-dimensional X-ray imaging
of the breast tissue:
- 3D mammography can detect masses in the breast that might be hidden by
tissue compression in a 2D mammogram. In a recent study, out of 59 breast
cancers detected via mammography, 20 cancers were undetectable using 2D
- 3D mammography provides a more detailed image of the breast, reducing uncertainties
in this screening technique. The greater detail afforded by 3D mammography
lowers the number of false positives and unnecessary callbacks for additional
- 3D mammography allows for more accurate imaging particularly in younger
women and women with dense breasts. This technique can allow physicians
to more clearly determine which areas of the image are dense tissue and
which are potentially concerning masses.
3D Mammography Videos
Questions About 3D Mammograms
Will I have to pay more for a 3D mammogram?
Maybe. This depends on your insurance carrier. Beginning in January 2015,
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) will begin paying additionally
for tomosynthesis. As a requirement for CMS, Concord Imaging is required
to charge patients with other insurances at least as much as CMS is paying.
Therefore, beginning 1/2/2015, Concord Imaging will begin charging patients
for the tomosynthesis portion of their mammography exam . That charge
will be $60 for each mammography exam. If a patient's insurance separately
pays Concord Imaging for tomosynthesis, their insurance payment will be
applied against the $60 charge and the patient will be refunded the balance.
The radiologists of Concord Imaging are wholeheartedly behind the technological
advance afforded by tomosynthesis and believe so strongly in its benefits
over traditional 2D mammography that they do not believe that mammography
should be performed without tomosynthesis. We are sorry about the additional
charges, but this technology is expensive and truly adds significant benefits
for breast cancer detection.
How Should I Prepare For a Mammogram?
Do not wear deodorant, powder or cream under your arms it may interfere
with the quality of your mammogram.
How Is Mammmography Performed?
- You will need to undress above the waist for this procedure. You will be
given a wrap to wear during the mammogram.
- You and a breast imaging technologists will be the only ones present during
the mammogram. The technologist will position each breast, one at a time,
on the mammography equipment. The breast will then be compressed, and
the x-ray will be taken.
- If you are having a screen film mammogram, the technologists will take
all of the x-rays needed for the examination. She will then develop the
films before you leave, to make sure each film shows the right view and exposure.
- If you are having a digital mammogram, each x-ray will appear on the technologist's
computer screen, and she will be able to make sure each image shows the
right view before positioning you for the next x-ray.
- The entire procedure should take about 20 minutes.
Are Mammograms Painful?
Breast compression may cause some discomfort for a brief time during each
x-ray, but it should not be painful.
Breast compression helps obtain better x-rays by:
If you have sensitive breasts, schedule your mammogram at a time of the
month when your breasts will be less tender. In, general the week after
a period is when breasts are less tender.
- Flattening the breast so that the maximum amount of tissue can be examined.
- Allowing a lower x-ray dose to be used, since the x-ray beams pass through
a thinner amount of tissue.
- Holding the breast in place to prevent blurring caused by motion.
What is Full Field Digital Mammography?
Digital Mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors
to produce an image that can be displayed on a high resolution computer
monitor, and transmitted and stored just like computer files.
From a patient's point of view, having a digital mammogram is very
much like having a conventional screen film mammogram. Both film based
and digital mammography use compression and x-rays to create clear images
of the inside of your breast. During all mammography exams, the technologist
positions the patient to image the breast from different angles and compresses
the breast with a paddle to obtain optimal image quality.
Unlike film based mammography, digital mammograms produce images that appear
on the technologist's monitor in a matter of seconds. There is no
waiting for film to develop, which can mean a shorter time spent in the
breast imaging suite.
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Concord Imaging's new mammography equipment is capable of performing
digital 2D and 3D mammography, in addition to stereotactic biopsies. Please
call (210) 572-2222 to
schedule your appointment.