Innovative diagnostic radiology for the breast

With optional tomosynthesis, we can offer another modern procedure in mammography diagnostics which visualises supplementary details in the images.

What is tomosynthesis?

Tomosynthesis is a further development of conventional mammography. The X-ray tube moves in an arc around the breast whilst several images are taken with a very low radiation dose (on average altogether only approximately 10% higher radiation exposure than in conventional mammography). In addition to a conventional mammography image, a summation image is calculated from up to 80 projection images.

The risk of overlooking small cancers due to overlapping with other structures in the breast is distinctly decreased by calculating many stratified pictures. In a large study, it was possible to reduce this figure from 16% to 3%. Thus the breast cancer detection rate increases from 5/1000 to approx. 8/1000 on average. That means over 50% more breast cancer cases are diagnosed at an early stage.

Basically all women can profit from this technology. The benefits are greatest with medium and high gland tissue density. Significant improvements in cancer detection rates have, however, also been found in women with low or very high breast density.

On average the radiation exposure of tomosynthesis technology is only approximately 10% higher compared to conventional mammography.

Tomosynthesis is a very sophisticated technology which enables significantly improved early detection of breast cancer compared to conventional mammography.

Despite its undisputed benefits, tomosynthesis is still not included in the list of services (EBM) covered by statutory insurance health providers (GKV). However, we can offer you this service as a self-payer service.

Our physicians will be happy to advise you individually about this innovative technology before the beginning of the examination. Please feel free to contact us.

We use our lead in experience and technology for the benefit of your health every day.