3-D mammography (also known as Tomosynthesis) is the most modern screening and diagnostic tool available for early detection of breast cancer.
While standard 2-D mammography produces a flat image, tomosynthesis creates a three-dimensional rendering of the breast — which results in greater accuracy, earlier breast cancer detection and a decrease in biopsies and recall rates.
Why choose a 3-D mammogram?
- Detects 41% more invasive cancers
- Reduces callbacks for a second look by 40%
- Takes 30 seconds
- Has been approved by the FDA
- Is appropriate for all women
For questions about 3-D mammography, please call our office at 443-997-7237.
COVID-19 Vaccine and Scheduling
Getting a mammogram too soon after your second dose of the coronavirus vaccine could result in a false positive and a callback due to temporarily swollen lymph nodes.
The Johns Hopkins Division of Breast Imaging supports the recommendation from the Society of Breast Imaging: When possible, and if it does not delay care your doctor recommends, you should schedule screening mammograms before your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or four to six weeks after the second dose. Read more.
3-D Mammogram: Why Choose Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging?
Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging brings the world-class expertise of Johns Hopkins to your community. Why does expertise matter? Because you matter. Here is how we do it:
- Physician Experts. We set the standard for other radiologists around the world.
- #1 Radiology Department. We are the top-ranked radiology department by U.S. News and World Report.
- State-of-the-Art Technology. Doing the right study with high quality increases accuracy.
- Your Safety Is Always Our Priority. We take comprehensive safety measures to minimize any possible risk.
What happens during a 3-D mammogram?
- You will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up and any other clothing or jewelry that may interfere with the exam.
- You will stand in front of the mammography machine and one breast will be placed on the X-ray plate.
- A separate flat plate will be brought down on top of the breast to compress it against the X-ray plate. You may feel some discomfort or pressure on your breasts during this X-ray process.This part of the process should only last for a few minutes.
- During your mammogram, the 3-D portion of the exam will occur simultaneously. The X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images in a matter of seconds.
A computer then produces a 3-D image of your breast tissue in one millimeter slices, providing greater visibility for the radiologist to see tissue details like never before.
What happens after a 3-D mammogram?
There is typically no special type of care following a mammogram. However, your health care provider may give you additional instructions depending on your specific health condition.
Request an appointment
Call 443-997-7237 to request an appointment for your annual screening mammogram. 3-D mammography will be billed to your insurance carrier. If 3-D mammography is not covered under your insurance policy then you will be billed a $57 fee by Johns Hopkins for the 3-D service. Learn more about insurance and billing.