Should you get a 3-D Mammogram?

August 01, 2017

Do you know what type of mammogram you should be getting?

The difference between a standard and 3-D mammogram is that 3-D mammograms decrease the possibility that cancer will be covered up by dense tissue.

A 3-D mammogram takes multiple X-ray images from different angles to create a 3-D picture of the breast, which allows radiologists to see thin sections of breast tissue. Standard mammograms are efficient for women with fatty breast tissue, but for those with dense breasts, 3-D mammograms detect cancer a standard one might have missed.

How do you know if you have dense or fatty breasts?

The Michigan Breast Density Notification Law requires mammography providers to inform their patients if they have dense breasts. If you don’t know, ask your doctor.

3-D mammogram technology is available at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. To schedule a mammogram, please visit