3D Mammography

Mammograms are the most effective tool used to diagnose breast cancer. They are used both in early detection for women experiencing no symptoms and as a diagnostic tool for women experiencing symptoms such as a lump, pain or nipple discharge.

At what age do I need to get a mammogram?

Annual screening mammography starting at age 40 results in the greatest mortality reduction, the most lives saved and the most life years gained. That is why the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging recommends regular mammography in women 40 and older.

What is a 3D mammogram?

All Memorial Health hospitals offer 3D mammography, which produces a sharper, three-dimensional image of breast tissue. When used in combination with traditional 2D mammography, 3D mammography can increase early detection by 40 percent—leading to a 98-percent survival rate.

What makes a 3D mammogram different? 

As in a conventional mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast and take images from different angles. During each compression, multiple images are taken. This additional information helps the radiologist make a more accurate diagnosis. A 3D mammogram requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D mammogram.

Afterward, a radiologist, a physician specifically trained to supervise and interpret radiology examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician.

Questions? Email your preferred 3D mammography department: 
Decatur Memorial Hospital
Jacksonville Memorial Hospital
Lincoln Memorial Hospital
Springfield Memorial Hospital
Taylorville Memorial Hospital

Request a Mammography appointment from one of our five Memorial Health hospitals.