Mammograms & Bone Density Scans
As its name implies, a 3D mammogram (also known as breast tomosynthesis) is an imaging test that combines multiple breast X-rays to create a three-dimensional image of the breast. While similar to a traditional mammogram, it provides a more revealing analysis. That’s because 3D mammograms are more detailed and clearer than traditional 2D mammograms when it comes to capturing dense breast tissue for problems such as a mass, pain, or nipple discharge – signs of breast cancer.
On a more traditional two-dimensional mammogram, tumors appear dense and white – but so does dense breast tissue, making it more difficult to detect signs of unusual cellular growth.
3D mammography, on the other hand, uses many images at various layers, thus making it easier for your physician to tell the difference between a cancerous or benign tumor and dense breast tissue.
Studies show that staggering 3D mammography with standard two-dimensional mammograms can improve breast cancer detection in dense breast tissue and reduce the need for follow-up imaging due to false positives. It also minimizes radiation exposure.
At Starling Diagnostics, we provide 3D mammograms designed for your maximum comfort and convenience. Our mammogram machine can create both 3D and the more traditional two-dimensional images.
3D Mammography in Bronx, New York
To learn more about 3D mammography, including how to prepare for this outpatient procedure, call Starling Diagnostics at (718) 319-1610. You can also use our convenient and secure online request form to schedule an appointment. If you are a primary care physician and would like to refer a patient for a 3D mammogram, please call us or use our online physician referral form.
DEXA Bone Density Scans
Osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become weak, porous, and brittle, affects about 54 million Americans (most of them women) every year. In fact, studies indicate that 1 in 2 women and nearly 1 in 4 men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
Bone loss can be caused by any number of diseases and conditions, including:
- Autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, or ankylosing spondylitis
- Hematologic disorders, such as leukemia, lymphoma, or sickle cell disease
- Endocrine or hormonal disorders
- Blood and bone marrow disorders
- Breast cancer or prostate cancer
- Certain medications, such as chemo, steroids, excessive thyroid hormones, and more
Early Identification Is Key
Fortunately, osteoporosis and other bone-related problems can be detected and treated early with the use of bone mineral density scans, an enhanced form of X-ray technology that measures the density of your bones. In fact, it’s the current standard for identifying early signs of bone loss.
At Starling Diagnostics, our DEXA bone density scanner uses a very low dose of ionizing radiation to create images that can help doctors assess a patient’s risk for developing osteoporosis-related fractures. We also use DEXA, which stands for dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, to scan the entire body to identify signs of low bone mass.
DEXA bone density scans are simple, quick, and noninvasive – and require little preparation, such as refraining from taking calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before your test.
DEXA Bone Density Testing in Bronx, New York
For more information about our DEXA bone density testing services or to schedule an appointment, contact Starling Diagnostics today at (718) 319-1610 or use our secure online request form. If you are a primary care physician and would like to refer a patient for a bone density scan, please call us or use our online physician referral form.