Breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, enables detection of 40% more cases of invasive breast cancer.
It reduces the number of biopsies and further investigations for patients.
Stereotactic guided biopsy. Vertical stereotaxy is the quickest, most efficient and minimally-invasive way of obtaining a reliable diagnostic result of breast pathology only visible on mammography imaging.
Performed at the same time as normal mammography, tomosynthesis (3D mammography) consists of volume reconstruction of slices of the breast, like a very thin (1 mm) slice scanner, with the aim of preventing overlapping of tissue.
It is similar to a breast CT. Instead of acquiring four X-ray images, which are the usual projections obtained in a mammogram, there are a determined set of slices, the number of which is proportional to the thickness of the compressed breast. These enable the discovery of possible smaller lesions, difficult to detect in conventional mammography, but which are clearly visible in the reconstructed volume of the breast, with no overlapping of the different structures.
Externally, the equipment which acquires tomosynthesis images is similar to mammography, although with one significant difference, it has a tube head which is not static (unlike traditional mammography) but which rotates around the breast, taking images whilst moving around in an arc.
HC Marbella Radiology Specialist
Villar Luque, Luis
Especialista en Medicina Nuclear
De Castro Vega, Francisco Javier
Medical specialist in Radiology and Internal Medicine
Urbaneja Salas, Alberto
Specialist in Interventional Radiology
Rueda Galiano, Mª Isabel
Senior Technician in Diagnostic Imaging