Mammogram Both Breasts - Diagnostic - 3D Digital

This is an x-ray of both breasts that provides three-dimensional images on a computer.

This is an x-ray of both breasts that provides three-dimensional images on a computer.

A bilateral 3-D mammogram, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, is an x-ray of both breasts that provides three-dimensional images on a computer. An older technology provides images that are printed on radiology film. Check with your healthcare provider to determine which type of technology (film, digital, or 3D digital) will be used, as costs may vary.

  • A diagnostic mammogram is done to evaluate a lump or suspicious area seen on a screening mammogram or found during a clinical examination.
  • A screening mammogram is done to help detect breast cancer or precancerous conditions in a person who does not have any signs or symptoms.

3-D mammography combines several x-ray images on a computer to create a three-dimensional picture. This allows doctors to see areas of concern more clearly.

  • The process for the patient is the same as digital mammography.
  • More pictures are taken as the X-ray tube moves in an arc around the breast.

Based upon the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, all types of screening mammography (film, digital, or 3D digital) are covered without deductibles or copayments when performed by an in-network provider.

  • A diagnostic mammogram is done as follow up to breast cancer evaluation or treatment.
  • Diagnostic mammography is subject to deductibles and copayments.
  • When submitting information, your provider decides whether the test is for screening or diagnostic purposes.

Here are some things you should know before having a 3-D mammogram.

  • Tell the technician if you are, or could be, pregnant. The exposure from a single X-ray has not been associated with harmful effects to an unborn baby, but precautions should be taken.
  • Do not use any deodorant, powder or lotion on your underarms or breasts the day of the test. This could interfere with the test results.
  • You may want to wear a two-piece outfit. That way, you can just remove the top for the test.
  • Tell the technician if you have breast implants. A different procedure may be required.
  • You will need to stay still during the test, so the technician can take a clear image.

The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • How long will it take me to get the results of my mammogram?
  • If there is an abnormality, who will explain the test results and follow-up plans to me?


Also known as:

Mammogram - Diagnostic - 3D Digital
Breast Mammography
Diagnostic Mammogram
Digital Mammogram
Mammogram - Diagnostic - Digital
3 Dimensional Mammogram
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