Radiology Associates of Ridgewood is pleased to offer our patients a breakthrough technology that revolutionizes how breast cancer is detected today – 3D Mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis. 3D Mammography is the most exciting advancement in breast cancer detection in more than 30 years and Radiology Associates of Ridgewood is the first free-standing imaging center in northern New Jersey to provide this technology.
A 3D mammogram consists of multiple breast images taken in just seconds to produce a 3D image. The radiologist looks through the tissue one millimeter at a time seeing detail inside the breast in a way never before possible making breast abnormalities easier to see, even in dense tissue. It improves the radiologist’s ability to detect potential breast cancers by helping to pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities and also enables the radiologist to distinguish harmless structures from tumors, leading to fewer false positives, fewer call-backs and less anxiety for women.
The 3D mammogram is currently performed at the same time as the standard 2D digital mammography and does involve a minimal amount of additional radiation. The additional radiation is well within FDA’s recommended guideline limits for mammography.
Since this new technology has only recently received FDA approval, 3D tomosynthesis is currently not covered by insurance. Patients choosing to have a 3D Mammography will be charged a nominal fee to help offset the costs of offering this new technology. Patients will be required to sign a waiver and pay for this additional exam prior to imaging.
We are pleased to have the continued opportunity to offer our patients the latest innovations in high tech digital imaging and breast cancer detection and proud to be designated as a Breast Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.