Why is a 3D mammogram important?

3D mammograms have proved to be a highly effective technique in diagnosing breast cancer. Multiple images are captured in one exposure – whilst the machine gently glides over the breast enhancing the overall in-depth viewing of the breast. This form of imaging assists in pinpointing small underlying abnormalities. Dense breasts are far easier to image using 3D and research has shown that women with dense breast- are at a higher risk for breast cancer.  Dense breasts appear white on the mammogram- and often cancers or microcalcifications are not seen on a standard 2D mammogram due the “whiteness” of the dense breast.