3D Mammography

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Patients at Jefferson Healthcare can receive the latest in 3D mammography screening at our Diagnostic Imaging department located on the second floor of the hospital.

Tomosynthesis (also known as 3D mammography) is a revolutionary screening and diagnostic tool designed for early detection of breast cancer that can be done in conjunction with a traditional 2D digital mammogram.  The technology provides three-dimensional images of the breast by using a technology similar to CT scans, or computed tomography.

Our new Selenia® Dimensions® 3D mammography system from Hologic, is revolutionizing how breast cancer is detected today by offering a superior mammogram for all breast types.  Researchers are finding that Hologic 3D mammography combined with 2D mammography provides:

*Greater than 25% improvement in overall cancer detection rates, finding invasive cancers 40% earlier than conventional 2D mammography alone.

*Better visualization of masses, distortions, and asymmetric densities.

*Significant reduction in false-positive recall rates by up to 40%.

While our patients primarily comment on their reduction in anxiety from 3D mammography, they also tell us that the ergonomic design of the Hologic system helps deliver a more comfortable experience. And, this system offers the lowest possible patient dose from its advanced detector technology.

The imaging machine moves around the breast in an arc, taking multiple X-rays that a computer forms into a 3D image.  3D mammography technology allows doctors to examine breast tissue, one layer at a time.

A computer produces a 3D image of your breast tissues in one millimeter slices, providing greater visibility for the radiologist to see tissue details like never before.  While standard 2D mammography produces a flat image, tomosynthesis creates a three dimensional rendering of the breast which results in greater accuracy, earlier breast cancer detection and a decrease in biopsies and recall rates.

The advantages of 3D mammography

    • Detects small breast cancers earlier, especially cancers that may be hidden in a 2D mammography.
    • Achieves greater accuracy in identifying the size, shape and location of abnormalities.
    • Conducts fewer unnecessary biopsies and tests.
    • Improves the likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumors, which occur in 15% of breast cancer patients.

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Call to schedule your appointment at 360-385-2200 x 2100.