What should you ask your doctor before getting a 3D Mammogram?

(Originally Posted on Mar 10, 2015)

It is a great time in history to be a woman. Breast health has come a very long way in recent years. Women are getting educated at a young age how, when, and how often to self examine, how to watch out for early breast cancer warning signs, and to know at what age to start getting yearly mammograms.

Most people have known someone who has had breast cancer or have been personally affected by it them selves, so awareness of this particular type of cancer is high. There are people working every day researching to make early detection possible and hopefully one day make this disease a thing of the past. Until that day, women have to be diligent in making sure they are getting the best possible care for their breasts.

One of the best early detection measures a woman can take is to keep her scheduled mammogram appointments. A mammogram is a type of x-ray that radiologists (physicians who specialize in imaging of the human body) use to look for abnormalities in the human breast. However, fairly recently, a 3D Mammogram (also known as Breast Tomosynthesis) is also available, but is it right for you? Here are a few questions you should ask your doctor.

What are the benefits of a 3D mammogram? Many doctors based on the many recent medical studies beleive that a 3D mammogram will prevent many women from having to come in for biopsies because of something that looks suspicious. Every year, many women have to come in for that very scary second look because the traditional mammogram showed an abnormality that needed to be tested. It’s always better to be safe than sorry but if a 3D mammogram can eliminate the need for some biopsies, many people feel that’s a good thing.

I’m young. Do I really need a 3D mammogram? Actually, a 3D mammogram might benefit the young woman who are more likely to have dense breast tissue. Digital 3D mammogram can see through this type of tissue better than the traditional mammogram.

Is my insurance going to cover this procedure? Just like with any other medical procedure or test, find out what you are going to have to cover out of pocket. Your health is your biggest investment, but you want to know everything up front so you are not surprised when receiving the bill.

Early detection is key when it comes to fighting breast cancer, which is why it is so important to make and keep mammogram appointments. The 3D mammogram is becoming more widely available and is used by many hospitals and doctors all over the country. Find out more about this preventative breast exam at your next doctors appointment. If you live in Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach Florida, call 561-434-0111 for an appointment.

Dr. Lorna Williams

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