We love our state, but a recent study found Oklahoma is considered the worst state to live in for women, highlighting poor outcomes in nearly every metric, including poverty, voter turnout and life expectancy.

Oklahoma was 46th in share of women who voted in the 2020 presidential election.

Your vote is more important than ever. We encourage women to stay engaged in the political dialogue because it directly affects your health.

Women age 40 years and older should begin annual mammograms to help detect breast cancer. And according to study data, newer, 3-dimensional mammograms may be better at picking up invasive tumors and avoiding false alarms than traditional breast cancer screening methods. But what is 3-D mammography? How is it different than traditional mammography?  3-D mammography (or breast tomosynthesis) is an FDA-approved advanced technology that takes multiple images of breast tissue to recreate a 3-D picture of the breast. With a standard mammogram, a woman gets two x-rays of each breast, from top to bottom and side-to-side, while the breast is compressed between two rigid plates. With 3-D imaging, the machine moves around the breast in an arc, taking multiple x-rays from different angles. One reason some tumors may not be detected on a standard mammogram is because compressing the breast causes overlapping of tissue, which can hide a cancer. The 3-D version enables radiologists to scroll through images of breast tissue a layer at a time, improving their ability to see questionable areas more clearly.

What Does The Research Show?

A large study of 3-D mammography in 13 U.S. hospitals involving over 170,000 women was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found that 3-D mammography had a significantly higher breast cancer detection rate compared to standard digital mammograms. At the same time, there was a significant decrease in the number of women who had to return for more tests because of a suspicious mammogram finding.

What Are The Risks Associated With Having A 3-D Mammogram?

A 3-D mammogram releases the same amount of radiation as a traditional mammogram. It is of no greater risk to the patient.

What Can Women Expect?

Women notice little difference between 3-D mammography and traditional screenings. The tube taking the X-ray sweeps across the breast in an arch. It takes about four seconds to obtain an image, just a little bit longer than a digital mammogram.

Who Should Get A 3-D Mammogram And Why?

 Any woman who needs breast screening should consider 3-D mammography. Women with dense breast tissue in particular may benefit because it provides a clearer picture. Because it’s relatively new, 3-D mammography is not available at all hospitals and mammogram facilities. At Lakeside Women’s Hospital, we discuss the benefits of 3-D mammograms with women and allow them to decide if they want to do it. All of our screening mammography equipment has 3-D mammography capability. Because 3-D mammograms may not be covered by all insurance plans, contact your insurance provider before your appointment.