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2D/3D Mammography

What is 3D Mammography?

  • An FDA-approved advanced technology
  • Also known as Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT)
  • Uses the same x-ray technology as regular 2D mammograms
  • Procedure is the same from the patient’s point of view but will take a few seconds longer
  • The breast is still compressed
  • 3D mammography provides images of the breast in “slices”, while 2D mammography provides single images, one taken from the top and one from the side

What happens during my 3D mammogram?

During the 3D part of the exam, an x-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in seconds (~ 4 seconds, just a little longer than a 2D mammogram)

Radiation Exposure

A combined 2D/3D mammography exam radiation dose is below the acceptable limits defined by the FDA

Benefits of 3D Mammography

  • Multiple images of breast tissue provide the radiologist a clearer image of breast masses (especially beneficial to women with more dense breasts)
  • Fine details are more visible and less likely to be hidden by overlapping tissue
  • Reduces the call back rate
  • Reduces chances of radiologist seeing a false positive
  • Helps detect early breast cancer

Drawbacks of 3D Mammography

  • Due to increase in number of images, patients may not see the radiologist at the time of their 3D mammograms
  • 3D mammogram may not be covered by insurance; it is highly recommended that patients contact their insurance provider (CPT codes: Screening – 77063, Diagnostic – G0279)

CPT code/Cost

  • 3D Screening: 77063
  • 3D Diagnostic: G0279

Please be sure to contact your insurance provider if you have any questions or concerns regarding the payment for screening or diagnostic mammograms.

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