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Mammography

A mammogram may detect cancer long before symptoms appear. Because one in eight U.S. women will have a breast cancer diagnosis at some point in life, it’s especially important to make time for your mammogram.

Who Needs a Screening?

Many women with breast cancer have no symptoms, which makes screening even more important. The American Cancer Society recommendations for women of average risk (no personal or family history, or genetic predisposition):

  • Age 40-44 - optional mammogram
  • Age 45-55 - annual mammogram
  • Age 55+ - option for mammogram every two years, or annually
If you think you may have higher than average risk for breast cancer, please talk with your doctor about recommendations for screenings and frequency. For example, the presence of certain genes like BRCA may put you at risk to get an especially aggressive type of cancer at an early age. Know your risk for greater peace of mind. 

3D Breast Imaging Technology

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and few will disagree that early and accurate diagnosis of breast cancer is key.

Currently, 2D digital mammography is considered the standard of care for detecting breast cancer early, but the Carondelet Imaging Centers in Tucson and Nogales offer 3D mammography, technology to potentially detect cancer even earlier.

What is 3D Mammography?

3D mammography, also know as Digital Breast Tomography, is a new technology that takes images of the breast from different angles, detailing each layer of breast tissue in a 3-dimensional image. This new technology is appropriate for all women as a part of their screening mammogram.

Why is 3D Mammography Beneficial?

3D mammography produces clear, precise images that allow doctors to pinpoint the location of the abnormalities with greater accuracy. The 3D mammogram can also find cancers that hide in dense breast tissue, and can result in fewer false negative studies.

As with standard digital mammography, the radiation exposure remains low, and the time to perform a 3D mammogram is minimal.

Who Should Get a 3D Mammogram?

Mammograms are important in detecting breast changes. 3D mammograms may be beneficial for women with a personal history or high risk of breast cancer, and for women with dense breast tissue.

Insurance Coverage

Not all insurance companies are covering this new technology. Contact your insurance carrier to determine if 3D mammograms are covered. To schedule an appointment or for questions related to insurance coverage, please call Carondelet Imaging Centers in Tucson at 520-872-7200 or in Nogales at 520-285-8092.

Schedule Your Mammogram

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