ALL MAM­MO­GRAMS ARE NOT CRE­ATED EQUAL

Better Homes & Gardens - - Better -

There are two main types: dig­i­tal (2D) and full-field to­mosyn­the­sis (3D). Both al­low the ra­di­ol­o­gist to en­large the im­age or change the con­trast to see ar­eas more clearly. The 3D method takes pic­tures in slices, so it has an edge: “It de­creases the num­ber of women get­ting called back [un­nec­es­sar­ily] and in­creases can­cer de­tec­tion rates slightly,” Mar­golies says. In­sur­ance might not cover a 3D one (or the co-pay might be higher), al­though more states are man­dat­ing that they be cov­ered. If your breasts are very dense, ask your doc­tor if 3D is a good way to go.

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