WRA introduces NEW LOW-DOSE
3D mammography, which reduces radiation
while maintaining exceptional image
quality and improved cancer detection rates
compared with 2D mammography alone.

Breast Tomosynthesis
Example of invasive lobular cancer better visualized on the new low-dose reconstructed 2D image.

WRA is the only DC area provider to co-author the landmark study
published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. This groundbreaking research focused on the impact of 3D mammography and demonstrated the following key findings:

Breast Tomosynthesis

Frequently Asked Questions About NEW
LOW-DOSE 3D Mammography

WHAT IS 3D MAMMOGRAPHY?

3D mammography is used in conjunction with conventional 2D mammography. The 3D portion of the mammography exam provides individual pictures of thin layers of breast tissue, and when used with 2D, increases breast cancer detection by 42%.

WHAT IS NEW LOW-DOSE 3D MAMMOGRAPHY?

Low-dose technology eliminates the need for extra 2D digital images by reconstructing two-dimensional images from the 3D mammography image data. Our radiologists review both reconstructed 2D images and 3D image slices to provide a comprehensive clinical interpretation. The combined 3D and reconstructed 2D images offer significantly improved cancer detection rates for all breast densities as compared with 2D alone.

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR LOW-DOSE 3D MAMMOGRAPHY?

WRA physicians believe all patients benefit from annual low-dose 3D mammography regardless of breast density or family history. Doctors and scientists agree that early detection is the best defense against breast cancer. A new landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that 3D mammography finds significantly more invasive cancers and reduces unnecessary recalls:

SHOULD I HAVE A 3D MAMMOGRAM EVEN IF I HAD ONE LAST YEAR?

Yes, we recommend all women get a 3D mammogram every year as part of their annual breast imaging exam.

  • 3D mammography has been shown in clinical studies to be more accurate than conventional mammography alone by finding more breast cancers, and more of the invasive, harmful breast cancers.
  • New low-dose 3D mammography—with the 2D composite image—provides high image quality and increased cancer detection with less compression time and reduced radiation dose.

WILL MY INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF LOW-DOSE 3D MAMMOGRAPHY?

The digitally acquired 2D portion of your mammography exam is billed to insurance as usual. At this time, insurance does not cover the 3D portion of the mammogram. The charge for low-dose 3D mammography is $65. This is an eligible expense through your flexible spending account.

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