3D Mammography Exams

Available at DCH Regional Medical Center

and Northport Medical Center

3D Mammography exams are clinically proven to be superior to conventional 2D exams. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, 3D exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, and also decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.*

In conventional 2D Mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A 3D exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

A 3D exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A 3D exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.


About 3D Mammography Exams


The breast is a three-dimensional object composed of different structures located at different heights within the breast. These structures can overlap and cause confusion when viewed as a flat two-dimensional image. This confusion of overlapping of tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. Using breast tomosynthesis technology, the 3D system creates a 3-dimensional image of the breast structure, which enables radiologists to more clearly see through overlapping tissue to detect cancers, often at an earlier stage.

Researchers

have found that:
 

  • The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam finds 20-65% more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone, an average increase of 41%.*

  • Only the Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam is FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone.*

  • The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam reduces callbacks by up to 40% compared to 2D alone.*

DCH is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering the 3D exam, DCH provides a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening.
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*References can be found at www.findmygenius3d.com

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