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The  3D diagnostic mammography and tomosynthesis

The  3D diagnostic mammography and tomosynthesis

For patients who do not wish or cannot participate in the cantonal mammography screening program of the Canton of Ticino due to age or clinical history, the xDonna study offers the possibility to undergo a personalized examination that ends with a visit with the radiologist.

The places has tomosynthesis technology available to patients for mammography, which allows them to obtain a 3D mammogram.

Tomosynthesis: what is it?

Tomosynthesis is a mammography technique developed more than 15 years ago, where we were no longer satisfied with performing two radiological projections per breast, but it allows to acquire a volume of image thanks to the movement of the X-ray tube in different angles. A dedicated high-resolution work computer allows you to navigate through the volume of images reconstructed every millimeter. The number of images varies according to the thickness of the compressed breast.  Scanning in just 3.7 seconds minimizes compression time, increasing patient comfort and limiting the possibility of motion artifacts mammography in West Orange.

Advantages of tomosynthesis:

The volumetric acquisition of images reconstructed every millimeter allows to partially compensate for the masking effect of the dense mammary gland on some lesions and also allows to better define both the contours of benign lesions and those of malignant tumors.

Tomosynthesis allows to increase the recognition rate of malignant tumors in patients who hav

Is tomosynthesis always used?

Tomosynthesis is composed of a volume of millimeter images whose computer weight does not currently allow the exchange of images at a distance, therefore it is not yet permitted within the Cantonal Mammography Screening program. Thanks to the mapping function, each suspicious area detected on an Intelligent 2D image is instantly and automatically linked to the corresponding Tomosynthesis layer, saving valuable reading time and speeding up the workflow for radiologists. The examination Hologic 3D Mammography.

When should I have a breast ultrasound?

“The advice is that young women undergo it, ideally on an annual basis, but in some particular cases, for example when you want to evaluate the possible increase in size of some lump, it may also require a six-monthly repetition”.

And when should mammography be done?

“Mammography is usually recommended after the age of 40. In the presence of a family history of breast cancer, however, it is good that the examination is brought forward to around 35/38 years “.