Beginning Aug. 22, Allina Health Cambridge Clinic will start offering 3-D mammograms. The installation of the new advanced device is part of an Allina Health system-wide effort to provide the most effective tools available to help detect breast cancers at the earliest possible stage.
“Early detection is the best protection because finding breast cancer early improves the likelihood that treatment will be successful,” said Allina Health Cambridge Clinic lead physician Dr. Amy Haupert. “Mammograms are safe and effective in detecting breast cancer in its earliest stage and with our new 3-D mammography device we are providing our patients with the best possible tool to find cancers at the earliest possible stage.”
3-D mammography is an FDA-approved advanced technology that takes multiple images, or X-rays, of breast tissue to recreate a 3-dimensional picture of the breast. It’s different from traditional mammography in that traditional mammography obtains just a single image. Images from both technologies are read on a computer.
These multiple images of breast tissue slices give doctors a clearer image of breast masses. It makes it easier to detect breast cancer.
Also, if you have dense breast tissue you may benefit from having a 3-D mammogram. Also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, 3-D mammography creates more detailed images of your breast.
Allina Health makes these recommendations for screening mammography if you have an average risk for breast cancer, based on American Cancer Society guidelines:
- age 40-44: mammograms are optional
- age 45-54: have a mammogram every year
- age 55 & older: have a mammogram every year or transition to having one every two years
- continue to have mammograms as long as your health is good
If you have a higher-than-average risk for breast cancer, your health care provider may recommend a different schedule.
Women can be referred to the Cambridge clinic for a 3-D mammogram by their physician, or they can make an appointment directly by calling (763) 689-8700.