Breast Tomosynthesis is now available at all Abington - Jefferson Health locations providing mammography.
What is Tomosynthesis?
Tomosynthesis, or digital breast tomosynthesis, is the latest technology in mammography. It allows the breast to be viewed as a computer-generated set of images. Multiple images are reconstructed from a series of low-dose exposures. These images are obtained during the same compression as previous standard two-dimensional mammographic views. This combination of obtaining two dimensional and tomosynthesis images together is quick; most people will not experience any difference between traditional digital mammography and DBT.
What are the benefits of tomosynthesis over traditional digital mammography?
Numerous studies have confirmed that tomosynthesis has improved the detection rate for breast cancer and decreases the amount of times patients have to be called back for additional images. Tomosynthesis is superior in evaluating dense breast tissue compared to standard mammographic technology.
If I have dense breasts, will I still need to consider having screening ultrasounds?
Due to a variety of research studies with differing conclusions, there is no clear recommendation at this time about whether or not women with dense breasts should have ultrasounds in addition to mammography. Please discuss your individual situation with your healthcare provider.
Is tomosynthesis covered by insurance?
Not all insurance companies reimburse for the cost of tomosynthesis. Abington accepts the normal mammography reimbursement if a woman's coverage does not pay for tomosynthesis.