Welcome to the future in breast cancer detection. It’s called 3D mammography and Columbia St. Mary’s exclusively offers this advanced technology at all of our mammography locations.
Unlike a conventional digital mammogram that takes one flat image of the breast, a 3D mammogram takes multiple pictures in one millimeter slices to create a series of 3D images. It's 41% more effective in detecting invasive breast cancer, which helps detect breast cancer at its earliest stages, when it’s most treatable. The radiologist then has the ability to scroll through each of these images to better detect a small cancer that could be hiding between overlapping breast tissue, or rule out an area that may look abnormal.
Think of 3D mammography like reading pages in a book. When the book is closed, you can’t see any of the pages. But, once it’s open, you can go through the entire book, page-by-page, and read everything between the covers.
It’s a new dimension of care for women. And something women of every generation deserve.
Columbia St. Mary’s has installed 3D mammography technology at all of our breast imaging sites to give women the option of choosing either a 2D or a 3D screening mammography.
Medicare and some commercial insurers cover 3D screening mammography. However, some insurance companies recently changed their policy on 3D screening mammography. These insurers still allow the procedure, but the 3D portion is now part of your deductible. In other words, the 2D portion is covered, but you may have out-of-pocket expenses with the 3D portion. It’s a good idea to check your plan and talk with your insurance provider before you schedule your screening.
Because the coverage for 3D mammography varies by insurer, and Columbia St. Mary’s believes it is important to make this service part of our standard of care, you will be responsible for your usual co-insurance/deductibles for covered services.
Columbia St. Mary’s and Wisconsin Radiology Specialists radiologists are committed to making your screening mammography with us a positive experience.
If you have questions, we encourage you to call: 414-326-1800.