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3D Mammography Fact SheetOctober 01, 2015

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What is 3D Mammography?

• 3D Mammography, also known as digital Tomosynthesis, is the newest medical technology in the quest for earlier detection of breast cancer.

• With conventional 2D digital mammography, the radiologist views an X-Ray image which depicts the entire length and depth of the breast from two different angles. Imagine a book with clear covers and pages. With 2D digital mammography the radiologist must peer through the cover and all the pages at once, looking for a single word that does not have the same characteristics of all the other words. Since 3D mammography images the breast in discreet 1mm slices, the radiologist now has the ability look for that abnormal word one page at a time.

• Solis offers women 3D mammography, in addition to the standard 2D mammography, to provide radiologists with clear details of the breast. Peer reviewed research has shown that when 3D imaging is added to standard 2D imaging, there is a 37 percent reduction in unnecessary patient callbacks. (American Journal of Roentgenology, 2013).

• In another recently published clinical study, researchers concluded that when 3D mammography was done in addition to a standard 2D mammogram, the combination significantly reduced the number of false positives and unnecessary recalls for additional imaging and biopsies while increasing early cancer detection rates. (JAMA, 2014)

Who should get 3D mammography?

• Industry research supports that 3D mammography is particularly helpful for women with dense breast tissue, a strong family history of breast cancer, a history of fibrocystic changes and women who are regularly called for additional tests. The screening provides a more accurate view and reduces the need for additional patient testing.

• Peer-reviewed clinical research supports that 3D mammography is a benefit to all patients regardless of differences in breast density or other breast characteristics.

• Women who meet the eligibility requirements for screening and/or diagnostic mammograms may choose to have a 3D mammogram added to the standard 2D mammogram and are not required to have a physician order the 3D mammogram.

• There is no time or discomfort difference between a 3D and a 2D mammogram screening.

• Both 3D and 2D mammograms are safe.

What does a 3D mammogram cost?

• Medicare covers 100 percent of the cost of 3D mammography screening. Coverages for other insurance companies vary by plan and policy. If a patient’s 3D mammogram is not covered by insurance, the out-of-pocket costs range between $50 and $100.

• When a Solis patient opts for a 3D mammogram, she will owe $75 at the time of service.

Studies cited in fact sheet:

Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL et al. Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography.JAMA. 2014; 311(24):2499-2507.doi.10.1001/jama.2014.6095.

Rose, S, Tidwell, A, Bujnockh, L, Kushwaha, A, Nordmann, A, Sexton, R. Implementation of Breast Tomosynthesis in a Routine Screening Practice: An Observational Study. American Roentgen Ray Society, AJR 2013, 200: 1401-1408.