Three-dimensional (3-D) mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, is a state-of-the-art service available at Door County Medical Center. Three-dimensional mammography imaging is a type of digital mammography that, instead of taking a flat 2-D image, creates a 3-D image from a composite formed of image layers.
“I am incredibly excited that we have this technology,” said DCMC’s Diagnostic Imaging Director, Amanda Feldbruegge. “Because of the greater detail that 3-D mammography provides, the early detection rate is far higher. So, we are going to be able to detect cancers much sooner, and at a much smaller size.”
As many as 20 percent of breast cancers will be missed by 2-D mammography. Three-dimensional mammography has been shown to detect on average 41 percent more invasive breast cancers than 2-D mammography. Even though it has been estimated that a woman born in the United States today has a 1 in 8 chance of developing some form of breast cancer during their lifetime, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100 percent when breast cancer is detected early.