Diagnostic Unilateral Tomosynthesis
Diagnostic unilateral tomosynthesis is a type of imaging test that creates a three-dimensional image of one breast. It is a similar procedure to bilateral tomosynthesis, but only one breast is imaged.
Diagnostic unilateral tomosynthesis is used to detect and diagnose breast cancer in women who have an abnormal mammogram or who have symptoms such as a lump or discharge from the nipple. During the test, multiple images are taken from different angles and then are then combined to create a 3D image that allows doctors to see the breast tissue more clearly and in greater detail than with traditional 2D mammography.
Like bilateral tomosynthesis, diagnostic unilateral tomosynthesis is considered to be more accurate than traditional mammography in detecting breast cancer, particularly in women with dense breast tissue. Your doctor can discuss the risks and benefits of the test with you and help you decide if it is appropriate for your individual situation.