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.
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.
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.
Cumberland Regional Breast Center
421 South Main Street
Fort Sanders West Diagnostic Center
210 Fort Sanders West Boulevard #100
Knoxville, TN 37922
LeConte Comprehensive Breast Center
740 Middle Creek Road
Sevierville, TN 37862
The Breast Center at Morristown Regional Diagnostic Center
901 W 4th N Street
Morristown, TN 37814
Oak Ridge Breast Center
944 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Parkwest Comprehensive Breast Center
9349 Park West Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37923
Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center
1915 White Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37916