3D Mammography

When it comes to breast health, early detection is the best prevention. Women should have regular mammograms beginning at age 40, or sooner if recommended by their healthcare provider. CMH offers mammograms using the Genius™ 3D Mammography exam with SmartCurve™ technology.

Contact your primary care provider to order your yearly mammogram and call (563) 578-3275 to schedule!

Genius™ 3D Mammography

This equipment is the most advanced technology in breast cancer screening.

  • Finds 20-65% more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone, an average increase of 41%
  • FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone
  • Reduces callbacks by up to 40% compared to 2D alone

What to Expect

During your 3D mammogram, your breast will be placed on a flat surface by the mammographer. The SmartCurve™ compression paddle will then be pressed firmly against the breast to spread out the tissue. The curved design of the compression device mirrors the shape of a woman's breast to reduce pinching and applies uniform compression over the entire breast for added comfort. Then, multiple low-dose, high definition images (or "slices") of the breast are taken at different angles. With this new technology, the radiologist can view a mammogram one layer at a time. This produces images in which the fine details of the breast are more clearly visible and no longer hidden by overlapping tissue.

Preparing for Your Mammogram

In order to prepare for your mammogram, please do not wear any deodorant, powders, ointments or perfumes under the arms or on your breasts. These items may cause artifacts on the images.