How You Benefit from a Wider Scan Angle
Every degree matters when it comes to breast tomosynthesis. The wider the angle of your tomosynthesis scan, the more slices go into your 3D rendering. That means better tissue separation, and more information for your doctor to make a confident diagnosis.
During Your Mammogram
During a screening, the breast is positioned between the X-ray tube and a detector and, for a short time while the image is being taken, carefully pushed down with a compression plate. This is necessary in order to get a conclusive, high-quality image. The exam is tailored to each patient, with the machine stopping as soon as optimal breast compression is achieved.
Why do mammograms have to hurt?
Compression is a key to good mammograms. A flatter breast means more surface to take an image.
Our system automatically adjusts compression to the individual structure of your breast and selects the lowest radiation dose necessary for your breast characteristics. The paddle slows when it reaches your breast and stops fully when your optimal compression is reached. The result is a more comfortable exam.
Even the paddles are built for comfort, with soft edges and a breast-optimized shape that reduce pressure on your breasts during compression.
The images taken during the exam identify microcalcification, tiny calcium deposits which can be caused by harmless inflammation or which can indicate a growing, malignant tumor. Most breast tissue changes are benign and easy to treat, including benign breast lumps, which can be cysts filled with fluid or thick tissue caused by menstruation. Determining the kind of tumor (benign or malignant) and its progression is an important diagnostic step—and the basis for the best possible treatment.
What is dense breast tissue?
Your breasts are made up of several types of tissue – fibrous, glandular, and fatty. Dense breasts have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue but not much fatty tissue. Some women have denser breast tissue than others.
Though having dense breasts is normal, dense breast tissue is linked to greater risk of breast cancer. And, it makes it more difficult to spot tumors that can hide behind the dense tissue.
That’s why knowing your breast density is essential to good breast health.