Imaging Center for Women Adds 3D Mammography
The Imaging Center for Women has added to its mammography services tomosynthesis,
a significant advancement in breast cancer detection. This state-of-the-art
tool uses digital technology to provide three-dimensional views of the
breast, which can provide more reliable diagnoses, regardless of breast
size or tissue density.
Each breast is positioned the same way as in a traditional mammogram, then
an X-ray tube encircles the breast to capture multiple X-ray images. During
the 7-10 seconds it takes to perform each breast exam, approximately 11
images are generated and then compiled on a computer workstation, where
a radiologist reviews them.
Tomosynthesis 3D technology bring world-class mammography close to home
for women in our communities. It will aid in detecting more cancers at
their earliest stage, when they are small and most easily and effectively
treated. In addition, due to the superior level of detail it captures,
tomosynthesis has been shown to decrease the number of mammogram callbacks
and biopsies, sparing many women the stress of receiving uncertain or
false positive results.