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3D Mammogram-The New Standard of Care

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At Pfeifer Aesthetic Surgery many of our patients need mammograms for routine screening and/or prior to their cosmetic breast surgery. I am very pleased to tell you about mammogram technology that is even better than traditional mammogram. The new mammogram is called 3D Mammogram. Whether you are having a your annual screening mammogram or need a mammogram prior to breast reduction, breast augmentation, breast lift or revision of previous cosmetic surgery , please read on to learn more about this potentially life-saving technology.

The Benefit of 3D Mammogram

So why should you ask for a 3D mammogram? Because there are benefits to us as patients.  The 3D mammogram can increase cancer detection rates by 41%. Early detection and treatment of breast cancer increases the chance of survival.   3D mammogram also reduces the incidence of false positive readings. In addition, with 2D mammograms normal breast tissue may appear abnormal and sometimes the patient needs to come back for additional imaging to evaluate this area. With 3D imaging the breast tissue can be visualized more clearly.  Fewer return visits for additional imaging means less stress and hassle for you.  Fewer false positive readings means less patient biopsies.

3D Mammogram Benefits

**Earlier detection of small breast cancers compared to traditional 2D mammogram
**Greater accuracy in pinpointing size, shape and location of abnormality
**Fewer unnecessary biopsies
**Fewer additional tests

Paying for 3D Mammogram

In some cases insurance companies will not cover the cost of 3D imaging, so be sure to check with your insurance carrier. If you are paying out of pocket, some imaging centers on Long Island, for example Zwanger-Pesiri, charge $75 if you are paying out of pocket. In my opinion, it is well worth the $75 for the 3D mammogram.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please make sure your mammogram is up to date.

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