Imaging & patient case studies

Understanding the role of 3D mammography in detecting breast cancer and real case studies involving breast density and risk.

Health Care Professionals

The advantages of 3D mammography in detecting breast cancer.
3D mammography is a newer technology that is widely used in the diagnostic setting in Australia. It helps eliminate most detection challenges associated with 2D mammography.
Traditional 2D mammography can miss some cancers. It can also produce false positives as normal structures can overlap and appear as abnormal, leading to further testing and unnecessary patient anxiety.
3D mammography provides greater image clarity than a conventional 2D mammogram, as it helps see through overlapping structures that may mimic or hide lesions.
Cancers are identified more often, false positives are reduced, and further testing such as biopsies may be avoided.*

3D mammography provides better, earlier breast cancer detection for women of all ages (40-69 years) and breast densities.

3D mammography is proven to:

  • Increase invasive cancer detection by approximately 40%
  • Increase the overall detection of cancer by approximately 30%
  • Reduce callbacks by up to 40%
  • Reduce the number of avoidable biopsies
  • Benefit all patients, regardless of dense or fatty breast tissue

* Compared with traditional 2D mammography alone

Patient case studies

51-year-old woman, Breast Density Category D.
Normal appearance on 2D mammogram

Suspicious mass in centre of breast shown by 3D mammogram

Ultrasound confirms the suspicious finding shown on the 3D mammogram.
Diagnosis: invasive carcinoma

52-year-old woman, Breast Density Category D.
Normal appearances on 2D mammogram

3D mammogram shows a suspicious central mass

Ultrasound confirms the findings identified on the 3D mammogram.
Diagnosis: Lobular carcinoma

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