3D Mammography at Parkview Warsaw

Parkview Warsaw is proud to offer the area's first state-of-the-art 3D mammography services in our community. With this advanced diagnostic tool, patients now have a choice between traditional 2D mammography or the latest 3D mammography used for screening and diagnosis.

Mammography is a simple, quick, non-invasive screening test used in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer. The procedure uses low-dose digital imaging to safely create images of the breast tissue. Radiologists read the images to determine whether cancer is present. 

To schedule your mammogram at Parkview Warsaw, call (574) 372-0038 or (877) 225-5747.

Benefits of 3D mammography:

  • Can detect breast cancer an average of 15 months earlier than standard 2D mammography
  • Reduces the number of unnecessary call-backs by up to 40%
  • Multiple images allow radiologist to see fine details of breast tissue, regardless of woman’s age or breast density
  • Takes only a few extra seconds vs. standard mammography

How are 3D and 2D mammography breast exams different?

As far as your experience, they are not different. The difference is seen from the doctors' perspective because the technology provides them with a more detailed view. 3D mammography complements standard 2D mammography and is performed at the same time with the same system. There is no additional compression required, and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view.

3D Mammography unit and technician

What should I know before getting a mammogram?

Women have different types of breast tissue. Breasts are made up of a mixture of fibrous and glandular tissue and fatty tissue. Your breasts are considered dense if you have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue, but not much fat. Having dense breast tissue may increase your risk of getting breast cancer.

Why is breast density important?

Dense breasts make it more difficult for doctors to spot cancer on mammograms. Dense tissue appears white on a mammogram. Lumps, both benign and cancerous, also appear white. So, mammograms may be less accurate in women with dense breasts.

How do I know if I have dense breasts?

Breast density is determined by the radiologist who reads your mammogram. There are four categories of mammographic density. The radiologist assigns each mammogram to one of the categories. Your doctor should be able to tell you whether you have dense breasts based on where you fall on the density scale.

Mammography - density table

A mammogram is the only medical imaging screening test proven to reduce breast cancer deaths. Many cancers are seen on mammograms even if you have dense breast tissue.

Who should get a mammogram?

Although advice varies, most medical organizations agree 40 is the appropriate age to screenings. In fact, all women 40 and older in the United States are, by law, entitled to get annual mammograms.

Statistics show 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, and 8 out of 9 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease. That’s why screening is so important.

To schedule your mammogram at Parkview Warsaw, call (574) 372-0038 or (877) 225-5747.