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Serving the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire of Georgia and South Carolina.

What follows is an important notice.

SERVICE ALERT

Due to the increased number of cases of COVID-19, we are limiting visitors to our offices and requesting that adult patients come to their appointments alone. Exceptions will be made if assistance or a caregiver is needed. For pediatric patients, please limit to one parent or caregiver, exceptions considered.

If you have any symptoms for COVID-19, do not schedule online. Please call your doctor's office for booking an appointment and before arriving for an in-office visit.

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3D Mammography (Breast Tomosynthesis)

Tomo Exam.jpgBreast tomosynthesis uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices”—building what is essentially a “3-dimensional mammogram”.

Breast tomosynthesis is a new technology in the fight against breast cancer. Breast tomosynthesis may be used in conjunction with traditional digital mammography as part of your annual screening mammogram to capture more breast images. Very low X-ray energy is used during the screening examination so your radiation exposure is safely below the American College of Radiology (ACR) guidelines. Using breast tomosynthesis and digital mammography together for screening has been proven to reduce “call-backs”.
 

What is Breast Tomosynthesis?

Breast tomosynthesis uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices”—building what is essentially a “3-dimensional mammogram”.

Tomo images 2d and 3d.jpgDuring the tomosynthesis part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple breast images in just seconds.  A computer then produces a 3D image of your breast tissue in one millimeter layers.

Now the radiologist can see breast tissue detail in a way never before possible. Instead of viewing all the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, the doctor can examine the tissue a millimeter at a time.  Fine details are more clearly visible, no longer hidden by the tissue above and below.

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