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3D Mammography

We get it… no one loves getting a mammogram.  But it’s the smartest way to detect breast cancer earlier.

Fujifilm's ASPIRE Cristalle 3D, now available at the Outpatient Diagnostics Center, is built with insight to ensure your exam will be noticeably more comfortable.

The exclusive Comfort Paddle moves four ways, adjusting to your body, while its innovative 3D technology delivers better detail with gentle radiation dose.

Experience the smarter 3D mammogram with improved diagnostic accuracy and less chance of a false-positive result and callback when compared to 2D alone.

Here's Why It's a Smarter Kind of Mammogram

More comfortable.

There's a reason women find mammograms uncomfortable.  Breasts weren't meant to be compressed flat....or in other words, squished!  The ASPIRE Cristalle's patented Comfort Paddle was designed to gently adapt to your curves with four-way pivoting and flexible surfaces.  This delivers more gradual, even compression of your breasts for a noticeably more comfortable exam.

More accurate readings.

3D mammography provides more detail than traditional 2D mammography.  The x-ray system quickly sweeps in an arc over the breast, taking several low-dose images at different angles.  These images can be viewed in thin slices.  This allows doctors to see your breast tissue layer by layer, which can help reveal abnormalities that might otherwise be hidden.

Fewer callbacks.

Callbacks are a fact of life in mammography.  Callbacks can happen when a woman needs additional screening because the image showed a suspicious area.  In many cases, the exam results turn out to be normal, but getting a false-positive result can be stressful.  ASPIRE Cristalle's advanced image quality can help reduce the number of callbacks for non-cancer cases.


It's natural to have questions when getting a mammogram, especially if it's your first time.  The following are responses to frequently asked questions that you may find helpful.

Why should you get a mammogram?

Mammograms can often reveal breast cancer before any apparent symptoms or a lump can be felt.  Early detection is critical to catching cancers before advanced stages.

Will the 3D exam with the ASPIRE Cristalle feel different?

The Comfort Paddle was designed to be more comfortable than traditional machines!  But other than that, it is the same.  Your technologist will help position you at the machine in the same way.

Does it take longer than other mammograms?

3D only adds a few seconds to your exam.

Who will read my 3D mammogram?

A board-certified radiologist with subspecialty training in breast imaging and 3D mammography will read your images and report the results back to you and your doctor.

I've heard of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT).  Is that the same thing as 3D?

Yes.  That is the clinical term for 3D mammograms.

Is there more radiation with a 3D exam?

The radiation dose with 3D mammography is higher than traditional 2D mammograms because of the additional images captured; however, it is still significantly below the dose limit established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

How do I prepare for a 3D exam?

Prepare the same way you would prepare for a traditional exam. Do not wear jewelry, deodorant, perfume, or lotion on your underarms or torso.  Deodorants and powders sometimes contain aluminum, which images similarly to calcifications and can interfere with the imaging process.  You will have to undress from your waist up, wear a shirt with pants, and avoid wearing a one-piece dress.  Schedule your mammogram after your menstrual period (instead of before or during) to minimize tenderness and discomfort.  Limit intake of caffeinated drinks during the week before.  Caffeine can make breasts more tender, which can lead to more discomfort during the exam. 

Appointments available: 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 7:30 am-5:00  pm

Tuesday, Thursday, 7:30 am-8:00 pm

Call 910.592.2689, option 2 to schedule your 3D mammogram today!   

Outpatient Diagnostics Center |  233 Beaman Street Clinton, NC 28328