Digital breast tomosynthesis, otherwise known as “tomo” or 3D mammography, is available at UofL Health – Medical Center East. It has been shown to increase cancer detection rates (particularly for invasive cancers) up to 15%, and reduce recall rates up to 30% compared with standard 2D digital mammography alone.
Patients can self-refer for screening mammograms, and don’t need a referral from a physician. Screening mammograms are routinely administered to detect breast cancer in women who have no apparent symptoms.
Women should begin annual screening at age 40. Women at a higher risk for breast cancer due to hereditary or personal risk factors may need earlier or additional screening.
Diagnostic mammograms require a referral from a physician. They are used when results from a screening mammogram come back suspicious of possible cancer or after some signs of breast cancer alert the physician to check the tissue, such as a lump, breast pain, nipple discharge, thickening of skin on the breast, changes in size or shape of the breast.
To schedule a 3D mammography appointment at UofL Health – Medical Center East, call 502-259-6408.