The OB/GYN Group of Austin is excited to announce that we now offer 3D mammography! Since October was Breast Cancer Awareness month, we wanted to explain the importance of getting a mammogram, who should get one, the differences between 2D and 3D mammograms and discuss our new service with you.
Starting at age 40 up until age 44, women have the choice to start screening for breast cancer with mammograms, if they wish to do so. If your family has a history of breast cancer or abnormal screenings, you should speak with your OB/GYN provider to see if you should start screenings at a younger age.
From age 45 to 54, we recommend that women receive an annual mammogram. Women ages 55 and up can switch to receiving a mammogram every 2 years if they have had regular mammograms in the past, or they can continue yearly screenings if they prefer. It’s important that you speak with your doctor about the known benefits and harms linked to breast cancer screening so that you are informed on what is the right option for you.
In regards to the procedure, 2D and 3D mammograms position and compress your breast in the same way to get X-ray images. With 3D mammography, also referred to as “breast tomosynthesis,” the doctor is able to review your digital photos from multiple angles and layers, allowing them to more easily determine if there are any cancerous cells in your breasts. This approach is particularly important for women with dense breasts, who have an increased risk of developing breast cancer.
3D mammography makes it easier to find abnormalities, which in turn results in fewer false-positives and can help lower stress and anxiety surrounding extra testing. Research shows that 3D mammography has a slightly higher cancer detection rate than 2D mammography, which can certainly have a long-term impact. That being said, 3D mammography can be more expensive, so it’s important that you check with your insurance provider to see what your plan covers before making any decisions.
We hope after learning about 3D mammograms, you now understand why we are excited to be able to offer this new service at The OB/GYN Group of Austin! If you are due for a mammogram, we’d love for you to contact us to schedule an appointment today or reach out to our associate Dr. Erin Winston at Austin Breast Imaging to make an appointment!