3D MAMMOGRAPHY Service
Better Quality of Care at Our Women’s Health Center
A mammogram is low-energy X-ray exam used to detect cancer in the human
breast. It was first developed as a medical procedure the late 1950s,
but it wasn’t much improved until after the turn of the century
when digital technology was implemented. Now, three-dimensional (3D) imaging,
known as digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), can create a 3D image of
a breast using X-rays.
The technology allows the doctor to see a 3D image of the inside of a breast,
which more clearly displays normal breast tissue as well as unusual lumps
that could indicate cancer. With traditional 2D mammography, a doctor
looks at a flat image of the breast, captured from two angles.3D imaging
can reduce the number of recalls and false positives among patients. Compared
to other techniques, 3D imaging also had a higher cancer detection rate,
41% higher in fact.
What to Expect
3D exams are similar to a traditional mammogram. A technologist positions
you and presses your breast under a paddle. However, the image taking
process is a little different. In a Genius exam, the machine will take
pictures from different angles as the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc
over the breast. No additional compression is required with a Genius exam,
and it takes only a few seconds longer for each view. Your doctor can
then review your tissue layer by one-millimeter layer.
Our Center Is Excited to Offer Genius 3D Mammography
Hologic Inc., the developer of this technology, is a worldwide leader in
women’s health. The Women’s Imaging Department at Atlantic
General Women’s Health Center is proud to offer this new service
to our patients. Contact our scheduling center at 410-641-9714 to make
your appointment. Remember, mammograms can help find breast cancer early
when it’s most treatable. Reduce your risk and call us today.
If you have any questions, please call us at 443-728-1090 or
contact us online.