2D Mammography

2D Mammograms in South Jersey

Female Technologist Viewing Breast Image During A Mammogram

What is 2D Mammography?

Two-dimensional (2D) digital mammography is a women’s imaging study that involves using advanced X-ray equipment to examine breast tissue. Digital mammography imaging allows for quicker breast imaging studies with more accurate results.

What Are The Benefits Of 2D Mammograms?

2D mammograms are commonly used as an annual breast cancer screening study. Early detection of breast cancer is the best way to practice cancer prevention. Annual screening mammograms have dramatically improved breast cancer outcomes over the years. 2D mammograms produce high quality, digital images of breast tissue while allowing the patient to return to their daily activities quicker than before. Here are some of the key advantages of 2D mammograms:

  • More accurate depictions of breast tissue.
  • Images are available within 48 hours.
  • Faster scan times reducing the patient’s time spent in the office.

Should I Get A 2D Or 3D Mammogram?

Since they generate both 2D and 3D images, 3D digital mammograms are appropriate as a routine screening for all women who need an annual mammogram.  A decision about which test to have should be based on factors that you can discuss with your referring physician. This includes your overall level of lifetime breast cancer risk and whether you have dense breasts.

Our breast imaging specialists are available to discuss questions that your physician may have about the benefits of 3D mammograms.

How Do I Prepare For A 2D Mammogram?

Before scheduling your annual mammogram screening, you want to ensure the appointment is during a time of the month where your breasts are the least sensitive. Usually, the week after your menstrual period is when the breast are the least sensitive. On the day of your appointment, you want to avoid wearing any deodorant, creams, or lotions. These products may cause misleading bright spots to appear on your mammogram. Make sure you wear comfortable clothing and avoid wearing any jewelry. If you have any questions about your mammogram appointment, please reach out to our team of experts at Larchmont Medical Imaging.