What is 2D Mammography?
Conventional digital mammography (2D mammography) is a traditional breast imaging scan that performs a series of X-rays to develop comprehensive images of the breast from two views (top and side). 2D mammograms are utilized to monitor your overall breast health. The goal of 2D mammograms is to be able to detect abnormal tissue growth in breasts before it evolves into late stage cancer. Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women across the country each year. The importance of 2D mammograms in the form of annual screenings is extremely important so breast cancer can be treated at earlier stages rather than late stages.
How Are 2D Mammograms Different From 3D Mammograms?
2D mammograms are a traditional form of digital mammography while 3D mammograms utilize newer technology to take more advanced images of the breast to increase detection rate. Both 2D and 3D mammograms utilize a series of X-rays to capture images of breast tissue. The main difference between 2D and 3D mammograms is the images. 2D mammograms take images from two views while 3D mammograms take images from three different views. 3D mammograms allow radiologists to have a clearer look at the breast tissue. For women with dense breasts, 3D mammograms can help provide a better look that 2D mammograms cannot.
How Do I Prepare For A 2D Mammogram?
2D mammograms require very little preparation. SJRA recommends to schedule your appointment for a time when your breasts will be least tender. Avoid wearing deodorant or any kind of lotion so our team can create the clearest images possible. Avoid wearing one piece articles of clothing so you are more comfortable during the study. If you have any questions regarding your 2D mammogram, reach out to your referring physician or our team at SJRA here.