3D Mammogram/Tomosynthesis

What is a 3D Mammogram?

Rose Imaging Specialists are experts in 3D mammography, or Digital Breast Tomosynthesis. This revolutionary screening tool is used primarily at all of our imaging centers. 

Instead of static, traditional 2D mammograms, Tomosynthesis is added to the standard 2D mammogram resulting in multiple, thinly sliced images of the breast removing any overlapping structures from obscuring small tumors. The combined exam has been shown to reduce call backs for additional tests by 40 percent in our practice.

The greatest benefit of the 3D Mammogram is knowing your results are more accurate giving you peace of mind.

Tomosynthesis/3D mammograms can be used for screening almost everyone that would otherwise undergo screening mammography.  This new technology, combined with the highly-trained and specialized breast imaging radiologist who will be reading the mammogram, will provide women with the peace of mind they deserve concerning their breast health.  3D Mammography (in combination with traditional digital mammography) has the potential to: 

  • Decrease call backs by 40 percent which means less worry, anxiety and cost for patients
  • Help reduce false positive rates by 15 percent
  • Improve the selection of patients for biopsy
  • Increase cancer detection rates, especially in patients with dense breasts
  • Detect up to 54 percent more invasive cancers

Rose Imaging Specialists provide you with the perfect combination of advanced technology and breast imaging expertise.

Studies Show 3D Mammography Finds More Invasive Cancers and Reduces Unnecessary Recalls

Dr. Stephen L. Rose of Rose Imaging Specialists co-authored two 3D mammography studies, including the largest one to date with nearly half a million patients. 

“Breast Tomosynthesis/3D mammography is the most significant breakthrough in screening for breast cancer in my lifetime. This technology will help us find smaller cancers earlier while at the same time disrupting fewer lives with call backs. Another significant advantage of 3D imaging is the effect this will have on encouraging women in their 40s to get their yearly mammograms.  The confusion in the media over concerns for false positive exams will be dramatically overpowered by the improved performance of breast Tomosynthesis.  I implore all women to take advantage of this technology.”

— Dr Stephen L Rose, MD, Medical Director at TOPS Comprehensive Breast Center, Medical Director at SOLIS Mammography and President of Rose Imaging Specialists.

Initially, Dr. Rose looked to Tomosynthesis to screen women with dense breast tissue, but he’s found that it’s valuable for screening women with less dense breast tissue as well.

In his research, he found 3D mammography finds significantly more invasive cancers and reduces unnecessary recalls, according to two large, retrospective studies published in The American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) and The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study, Implementation of Breast Tomosynthesis in a Routine Screening Practice: An Observational Study features data collected from Rose Imaging Specialists in clinical offices at TOPS Breast Center in Houston.

The studies focused on the impact of 3D mammography and demonstrated the following key findings:

AJR Key Findings JAMA Key Findings

Imaging Centers

Rose Imaging Specialists provides imaging services for these state-of-the-art breast care facilities.