How does this technique work?
Unlike conventional mammography which obtains single images, DBT records hundreds of images to allow the view of the whole breast as it really is. These results are achievable just like drawing an arc, while taking continuous images at the same time. The reconstruction of the images obtained during the test enable a global and precise 3D vision of the breast.
What are the benefits?
Simplicity: this makes it easier for the radiologist to oberrve a certain pathology to see if it is indeed a tumor or not, thus significantly avoiding the need of subsequent unnecessary biopsies. More sensitive: it helps detect up to 40% more cases than conventional mammography. Early detection: the vision of the breast obtained by this technique helps find potential injuries even if they are of a very small size, thus allowing for the implementation of less aggressive treatments should the final diagnostic be cancerrelated. By avoiding tissue superposition, it is significantly useful in detecting damage in dense breasts.
What is the procedure?
It is the same as a normal mammogram. Externally, the equipment which acquires tomsynthesis images is similar to that of a mammography, but with one significant
difference, it has a moving tube head (unlike traditional mammography) which rotates around the breast, taking images whilst moving around in an arc. The fundamental use of tomosynthesis mammography is early detection of breast cancer.
At HC Marbella we already use tomosynthesis as a diagnostic test so as to ensure a fast and accurate diagnosis, at the same time improving on the patient’s experience.