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Choosing the Best Breast Screening

2D vs 3D Mammogram/Tomosynthesis


Regular mammograms help find breast cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most likely to be successful. But what’s the best breast screening exam? New research reported in JAMA shows that getting a 3D mammogram (also called tomosynthesis) is actually the most effective screening. 3D helps find breast cancer earlier and it reduces the chances that you’ll be called back needlessly. This technology is particularly useful to screen women who have dense breast tissue. A 3D mammogram complements standard 2D mammography and is performed at the same time. There is no additional compression required and it only takes a few more seconds. 

The expert staff at Methodist CDI in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas can help talk you through the range of women’s imaging options we have available to meet your unique needs. It's your choice where you go for your annual mammogram. 




An annual screening mammogram is recommended for women beginning at age of 40, according to the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI). The American Cancer Society also recommends that women have the choice to begin mammography screening at age 40. For the complete, updated ACS guidelines, click here.


Methodist Center for Diagnostic Imaging centers are operated by Methodist CDI, a Texas non-profit corporation, and are staffed by independently practicing physicians who are contracted by Methodist CDI. The physicians and staff who provide services at the imaging centers are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or any of its affiliated hospitals.