Mammography remains the “gold standard” in the early detection of breast cancer. Mammograms save lives–it is the only breast cancer screening test proven to show a 30% mortality reduction.
Women should begin going for yearly mammogram screenings at the age of 40. However, some individuals with a strong family history of breast cancer may need to start getting mammograms earlier.
An exciting new technology known as breast tomosynthesis is improving detection rates and decreasing the amount of ‘false alarms’. This three-dimensional mammography method acquires several images of the breast at different angles, allowing radiologists to examine the scan in ‘slices’–avoiding overlapping density tissue that often hides or mimics malignancies.
The Breast Center of Greensboro received one of only a handful of breast tomosynthesis machines in the state in June, and has since performed more than a thousand 3D mammograms and has decreased their ‘false alarm’ callback rates significantly.
Dr. Beth Brown is a radiologist with the Cone Health Network at The Breast Center of Greensboro Imaging, and a leading expert in breast and body imaging. Dr. Brown is a 1991 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and completed residency training as an associate chief resident in the Department of Radiology at University of North Carolina Hospitals. Brown completed her fellowship training in body imaging at Wake Forest University Medical Center in 1999.