3D Mammography

3D Mammography

We are excited to be the first facility in western South Dakota to offer 3D Mammography. With this technology our precise imaging will have the ablity to detect invasive breast cancers 15 months sooner. Our patients will find greater peace of mind with the 41% increase in the detection of invasice breast cancers. 

Why should I get a 3D Mammographyexam?

The exam provides better, earlier breast cancer detection compared to 2D alone. Greater accuracy means better breast cancer detection and a reduced chance of additional screenings. The exam is proven to:


Provide better, earlier breast cancer detection


Reduce unnecessary callbacks by up to 40%


Find on average, 20-65% more invasive cancers than conventional mammography alone


What should I expect during my 3D Mammography™ exam?

The process of a Genius™ exam is the same as a conventional 2D exam. The technologist will position you, compress your breast, and take images from different angles. There’s no additional compression required with the Genius exam, and it only takes a few extra seconds for an exam proven to be more accurate.


Who can have a 3D Mammography™ exam?

The Genius exam is more accurate for women of all ages, with both dense and non-dense breasts, and the Genius exam is the only mammogram FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts.


What about radiation?

Genius exams are comparable to a conventional 2D mammogram when using low dose software.


How does the 3D Mammography™ exam work?

The Genius exam allows doctors to examine your breast tissue layer by layer. So, instead of viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with conventional 2D mammography, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below. A good analogy for the Genius exam is like thinking of the pages in a book. If you look down at the cover you cannot see all of the pages—but when you open it up, you can go through the entire book page by page to see everything between the covers. The Genius exam consists of a 2D and 3D™ image set, where the 2D image can be either an acquired image or a 2D image generated from the 3D™ image set.

Contact us for more information regarding mammography services at Rapid City Medical Center.