Digital Mammograms are performed in a private room, this brief procedure uses low-dose x-ray to find abnormalities in the breast long before they are large enough to be felt. With consistent screening, a radiologist is able to compare results with past exam records to spot breast disease at its earliest and most treatable stage. For this reason, it is recommended that all women over the age of 40 receive a yearly mammogram to closely monitor any changes.

The total time for a mammogram appointment is around 30 minutes, and requires patients to undress only to the waist. While standing, a pair of smooth plastic plates compresses the breast to provide a clear image with lower amount of radiation exposure. Two views - horizontal and vertical - are captured during the procedure. While the compression period is short, some women find the exam slightly uncomfortable. Other women report feeling no discomfort at all.

The digital technology used in mammograms at Torrance Memorial is superior to older film-based mammography, allowing for more accurate reading and quicker results.

The Power and Promise of 3D Mammography

2d vs 3d mammogram3D mammography, or tomosynthisis, allows Torrance Memorial breast specialists to examine your breast tissue layer by layer. This digital technology is combined with current mammography to increase the visibility of breast tissue.

3D mammography is approved for all women but recommended for women who have a strong family history of breast cancer, previous breast biopsies, and those with dense breasts.

Torrance Memorial's Breast Diagnostic Centers are the first in the South Bay to offer 3D Mammography in three locations, Torrance, Manhattan Beach and Rolling Hills.

How Does 3D Mammography Work?

A 3D mammography exam is very similar to having a digital 2D mammogram. Like a 2D mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast and take images from different angles. It only takes a few seconds longer for each image.

3D mammography works by capturing multiple layered images of the breast from several angles. A Torrance Memorial Breast Radiologist is then able to review your breast, one thin slice at a time, almost like turning pages in a book.

3D Mammography Facts

  • 3D mammography is the most detailed mammogram available
  • Detects 41% more invasive breast cancers at the earliest possible stage
  • Reduces false positives by up to 40%, which can result in unnecessary biopsies
  • No additional compression is required with 3D mammography
  • 3D mammography is the biggest breakthrough in breast cancer detection in 30 years

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