As the region’s only comprehensive women’s diagnostic services provider, RAO has replaced all 2D mammography equipment with FDA-approved 3D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis. Women naturally have questions about the difference, and we’re happy to explain the superiority of 3D mammography so you can feel confident about scheduling your routine breast cancer screening.
RAO’s Women’s Imaging Center (WIC) and TimberRidge Imaging Center want to remind women to maintain a “Rosie” outlook on a riveting subject: early breast cancer detection. Most people know of the importance of finding breast cancer early, when it is most easily and successfully treated. But many don’t know about some of the more sophisticated technologies that arm our dedicated faction of breast imaging subspecialists.
No matter who you are, breast cancer can impact your life. Whether it affects you or a loved one, it can be a shocking diagnosis, even for those with inside knowledge of how common it is, and how important the need for early detection. Just ask Yvonne and Michele, two beloved members of RAO’s very own healthcare team, who both recently discovered they had breast cancer.
The differences between 2D and 3D mammography™ exams are notable, especially for the estimated 47% of women with dense breast tissue. Dense breast tissue is closely-compacted, creating areas that can be nearly or completely invisible to radiation, making it difficult for 2D mammography to capture images of lesions, especially when they are small.