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What is tomosynthesis 3D mammography?

Compared to traditional mammography which uses “flat” imagery, tomosynthesis 3D digital mammography creates a three-dimensional visual of the breast. This imaging process allows the radiologist to see around and between breast tissue – including dense breast tissue – to better detect smaller cancers.

Is tomosynthesis 3D mammography as safe as traditional mammography?

Yes. The dosing of 3D mammography is equivalent to that of traditional mammography while providing a higher level of quality imaging.

Can tomosynthesis 3D mammography be used for women with dense breast tissue?

Absolutely. Women with dense breasts are four to six times more likely to develop breast cancer; however, cancer detection can be more challenging for women with dense breasts – especially with limitations of traditional mammography. With tomosynthesis 3D mammography, patients of all breast types can receive clearer, more defined images which may help detect cancer earlier than with traditional mammography.

How do I prepare for a tomosynthesis 3D mammogram?

As with a traditional mammogram, patients are asked not to wear deodorant or jewelry during a tomosynthesis 3D exam. The positioning of the breast during a tomosynthesis 3D mammogram is the same as a traditional mammogram; the only difference relates to the quality of the finished images.

Is tomosynthesis 3D mammography covered by insurance?

Currently, 3D mammography is covered by Medicare and many other insurances. To ensure coverage, you should check with your insurance provider. If insurance coverage is not available, the upfront cost is $80 and split as two separate fees: $35 from the breast center and $45 from radiology.

How do I make an appointment?

To schedule an appointment, please call the Covenant Health breast center nearest you (locations on reverse) or the Covenant Health Call Center at (865) 541-4500. No referral is required for tomosynthesis 3D mammography.

Which breast centers offer tomosynthesis 3D mammography?

Cumberland Regional Breast Center

421 South Main Street

Crossville, TN

(931) 459-7040


Cumberland Medical Center

Fairfield Glade Medical Arts Building

132 Stonehenge Drive

(931) 459-7040

Fort Sanders West Diagnostic Center

210 Fort Sanders West Boulevard #100

Knoxville, TN 37922

(865) 531-5400

LeConte Comprehensive Breast Center

740 Middle Creek Road

Sevierville, TN 37862

(865) 446-8000

The Breast Center at Morristown Regional Diagnostic Center

901 W 4th N Street

Morristown, TN 37814

(423) 492-6500

Oak Ridge Breast Center

944 Oak Ridge Turnpike

Oak Ridge, TN 37830


Parkwest Comprehensive Breast Center

9349 Park West Boulevard

Knoxville, TN 37923

865) 373-7010

Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center

1915 White Avenue

Knoxville, TN 37916

(865) 541-1450