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Breast Tomosynthesis - 3D Mammography

Hoag is proud to offer Breast Tomosynthesis at all of our imaging locations throughout Orange County including: Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine- Woodbridge, Hoag Breast Center Newport Beach and Hoag Breast Center Irvine.

We have upgraded all our Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) systems with the latest C-View software that reduces radiation exposure to patients.

Breast Tomosynthesis, or 3D Mammography, is an FDA-approved imaging modality. Recent trials have shown Tomosynthesis to be a more accurate method for detecting early breast cancers compared to traditional 2D mammography alone. Breast Tomosynthesis captures 15 digital “projection” images as it arcs over the breast, during a short four-second scan. These images are then digitally reconstructed into a series of high-resolution one millimeter slices that can be reviewed individually or played back in a cine loop.


Breast Tomosynthesis
(3D Mammography) Mammography
Standard Screening Mammography
Standard Screening

Hoag was one of the first hospitals in California and one of a few in the United States to offer this advanced imaging modality as part of its comprehensive breast imaging services. Hoag’s specialized breast radiologists are some of the nation’s leading experts in utilizing this modality. Hoag Breast Center was one of 11 beta sites nationwide designated to participate in the clinical trial for tomosynthesis, which ultimately resulted in FDA approval of the technology in February 2011.

Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) helps detect cancers earlier and more effectively than traditional mammography, especially for women with dense breast tissue. A patient can learn if her breasts are dense by asking her physician or the radiologist who performs her routine mammogram.

Approximately 75 percent of women in their forties have dense breasts, and this percentage typically reduces with age – with 54 percent of women in their fifties and 42 percent of women in their sixties having dense breasts.