Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) works in very much the same way as convetional mammography, but digital technology enables the computer within the machine to provide a 3D image. This image provides the radiologist reviewing your test with more information and therefore greater accuracy.
What can I expect?
A tomosynthesis examination is similar to a digital mammography in that you will be positioned in front of an x-ray machine and your breasts will be compressed between two plates. However, the difference with this examination is that the x-ray arm of the machine will then move over the breast in an arc while it takes several images of the breast at different angles. This test will only last a few seconds.
Are there any risks?
There are no known risks associated with tomosynthesis.
After the test
You can return to your normal activities immediately after the test.
There are no restrictions on going home after this test.