Columbus Community Hospital

3-D mammography

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If you have breast cancer, you want to know as soon as possible so you have a better chance of beating the disease. That’s why cancer screening is so important.

Mammography is the gold standard for breast cancer screening. Columbus Community Hospital offers 3-D mammograms, which detect tumors hidden by overlapping breast tissue and provide a more accurate diagnosis than standard 2-D digital mammography.

What is 3-D mammography?

Columbus Community Hospital’s new 3-D mammography system is an example of the hospital’s commitment to providing state-of-the-art equipment and the highest quality of patient care.

Mammography is a noninvasive type of imaging that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine changes in breast tissue. Standard mammograms produce images in the two-dimensional space.

3-D mammography (also called tomosynthesis) is a system in which the X-ray tube moves in an arc over the breast during the exposure, creating a series of thin image "slices" through the breast that physicians can scroll through for a comprehensive 3-D image overview.

The new Siemens MAMMOMAT Revelation with 50° Wide-Angle Tomosynthesis at Columbus Community Hospital provides comfortable and reliable 3-D exams.

The new system:

  • Enables detection of tumors that are hidden by overlapping breast tissue.
  • Provides more accurate diagnosis than standard 2-D digital mammography.
  • Reduces the number of false-positive findings, therefore reducing callbacks or retakes for additional images.
  • Offers improved patient comfort and safety as the system’s intelligent compression stops at the point of optimal compression, and applies compression as long as the patient's breast is soft and pliable.
  • Provides a warmer, more comfortable and soothing screening environment using a Moodlight™ LED light panel.
  • Produces excellent image quality to help your physician make a more confident and informed diagnosis, regardless of breast size or tissue density.

Most health insurance plans will cover your mammogram 100%, so there’s no cost to you. Always check with your health insurance company first to make sure your mammogram is covered.

Screening recommendations

The American Cancer Society recommends that women at average risk for breast cancer should follow the below guidelines for screening:

  • Women between 40 and 44 have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year. 
  • Women 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year. 
  • Women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year, or they can choose to continue yearly mammograms. Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live at least 10 more years.

The American Cancer Society no longer recommends that women at average risk for breast cancer undergo clinical breast exams.

Contact us 

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a 3-D mammogram, please call 402-562-3180.

Columbus Community Hospital
4600 38th St.
Columbus, Nebraska 68602-1800
First floor – northwest corner