A specific type of breast imaging that can produce results in 2D and 3D at the same time, taking about 10 seconds for each image and get a good result that helps detect cancer and makes diagnosis between the breast lump and tumor more accurate. Radiation oncologists can read the image in each dimension or take each slice to make a reconstruction image to analyze the shape and size of suspected lump. It can diagnose the difference between fat, connective tissue and lymphatic system and can find small sized calcium deposits that can signal the presence of cancer. Staging of the condition is a significant factor in the treatment as ‘the earlier the condition is found the more chance of recovery and treatment’.
3D Digital Mammogram comes with a low compression unlike the old device (X-ray) as the image goes in +/- 15º and displays a result in 3D. This makes the procedure less painful. Not only the radiation oncologist can read the result more accurately but also reduce recall rates and improves the accuracy of patient identification for breast biopsy.
Women aged from 35 years old are advised to have breast examination every year or according to the specialist's recommendation.