Next Gen Breast Imaging

Diagnostic Comparison

Mammogram Hand Held
2-D Ultrasound
 MRI  NextGen 3-D
Radiation Exposure Yes No No No
Pain or
Yes Sometimes Sometimes NO
Safe During
Pregnancy or Breast Feeding
NO Yes ?? YES
Image Type 2-Dimensional, Digital, Static 2-Dimensional, Digital, Static 2-Dimensional, Digital, Multi-View 3-Dimensional, Digital, Multi-View
Image Quality 2-D, High Res, Digital or film 2-D, High Res, Digital 2-D, High Res, 400 to 1000 Digital Image Layers 3-D, High Res, 800 Digital Image Layers
Average Scan Time
(Both Breasts)
30 to 40 Minutes 40 to 50 Minutes 50 to 90 Minutes 10 to 20 Minutes
Radiology Report Availability 24 to 48 Hours 24 to 48 Hours 24 to 48 Hours 24 to 48 Hours
Primary Disadvantages Unclear Image of Dense Breasts, Scar Tissue, Breast Implants, Radiation Exposure Hand Scanning May Miss Areas, Time Consuming, Does Not Clearly Image Calcifications Typically Requires an IV for Improved Image Contrast, No Movement for Extended Time Periods, Discomfort May Cause More False Positives*
Primary Advantages Low Cost, Widely Available Will Image Through Dense Breasts, Scar Tissue, Implants Detailed 2-D Images of Dense Breast, Scar Tissue, Implants Multi-View, 3-D, Sees through Dense Breasts, Scar Tissue, Implants
To the Chest Call
Typical Cost $100 to $250 $250 to $500 $1250 to $1800 $399

* There is currently no clinical data indicating this new technology will increase false positives to any higher degree than has been seen with traditional ultrasound or MRI imaging. However, there is a fear among some radiologists that this may be the case because the 3-D layered imaging will detect more abnormalities than the older technology. It should also be noted that research in Australia and New Zealand shows fewer invasive biopsies are conducted due to 3-D Ultrasound's ability to clearly distinguish between a fluid filled or Fibrous Cancerous Cyst. Offsetting any increase in follow-up procedures due to test findings.