Adena Fayette now offering 3D breast imaging


It is estimated that one in every eight women will develop breast cancer within her lifetime. That is why early and accurate detection is critical to survival.

3D Mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, is a clinically proven, innovative screening technology that allows for better, more accurate breast cancer detection. This 3D technology is now being offered at Adena Fayette Medical Center, providing women with a higher level of imaging than the traditional equipment of the past.

Conventional mammograms provide doctors with a two-dimensional image of the three-dimensional breast. Overlapping layers of tissue can sometimes create unclear results, unnecessary callbacks, or worse, cancer can be missed. 3D mammography is the only mammogram proven superior for dense breasts compared to conventional mammograms.

Tomosynthesis provides a series of breast images, allowing radiologists to better evaluate breast tissue, layer by layer. The result is improved visualization of abnormalities that are no longer hidden by overlapping tissue.

What to Expect?

The process of a 3D mammogram is the same as a conventional 2D exam. The technologist will position the patient, compress the breast, and take images from different angles. There is no additional compression required with the 3D mammogram, and it only takes a few extra seconds. The appointment itself only takes about 15 minutes.

Is a 3D Mammography Exam Right for Me?

Breast density varies among women. Today, 40-50% of women aged 40-74 have dense breast tissue. Tomosynthesis is accurate for women of all ages, with both dense and non-dense breasts. It is also covered and paid for by Medicare and a growing number of private insurers.

Adena is a self-requesting mammography heath system. Patients do not need to have a written order from their provider to get a screening mammogram. To schedule a 3D mammogram at Adena Fayette Medical Center, call 740-333-2743.

Submitted by Jason Gilham, manager external communications, Adena Health System.

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