Q: What is the difference between a screening and a diagnostic mammogram?
A:A screening mammogram is routinely ordered annually for women with no current
breast issues. A diagnostic mammogram is ordered to evaluate specific
breast findings, including lumps, pain, discharge, skin changes or other
potential abnormalities noted on a screening mammogram.
Q: What is a 3D Mammography Breast Exam?
A:3D (3-dimensional) mammography is a new screening and diagnostic tool designed
to detect early breast cancer. An x-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over
the breast, taking multiple images. A computer uses these images to produce
a 3D image of the breast tissue in one millimeter slices, allowing the
radiologist reading and interpreting the mammogram to see more detail
than ever before.
Q: What are the benefits of 3D Mammography?
A: Digital breast images provides the radiologist with a single flat image.
Sometimes, breast tissue can overlap, making normal breast tissue look
like an abnormal area. Done in conjunction with conventional, digital
breast imaging, the 3D mammogram provides the radiologist with a better
understanding of the patient’s breast tissue, and often makes follow-up
Q: Who can have a 3D mammogram?
A: The procedure is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard
mammogram in both the screening and diagnostic settings. Because insurance
companies do not cover the costs, patients who select 3D mammography are
responsible for an additional fee.
Frederick Memorial Hospital offers same-day mammography services at our
Rose Hill, Crestwood, Urbana, and Mt. Airy facilities. 3D mammography
technology is available at our Rose Hill and Crestwood locations. Talk
to your doctor about 3D mammography to determine if it’s the right
choice for you. To schedule your mammography appointment at any of our four locations,
please call 240-566-3400.
If you’re interested in learning more about 3D Mammography and preparing
for your upcoming mammogram,