3D mammography is latest in imaging for breast cancer

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Mammography remains the “gold standard” in the early detection of breast cancer and it has been proven to save lives.

An exciting new technology called breast tomosynthesis, more commonly known as 3D mammography, is improving detection rates and decreasing the amount of ‘false alarms’.

Through the use of 3D mammography, there has been a 41 percent increase in the detection of invasive breast cancer and a 15 percent decrease in the amount of false alarms.

This 3D 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.

Women’s Hospital recently acquired its first breast tomosynthesis device, and began offering 3D mammograms as an option for imaging patients in August.

This is especially exciting, as October is breast cancer awareness month, and the Women’s Only Race, which raises money for the Mammography Scholarship Fund, is fast approaching on November 22nd.

It can serve as a reminder for women in the community to get their yearly mammograms, and let them know they now have advanced imaging options available to them locally.

Spokesperson Background:
Helen Sullivan is the site manager at Cone Health Women’s Hospital Imaging Services and Center for Maternal Fetal Care.

Helen began her career as a radiographer, and became certified as a mammography technologist at Forsyth Tech. She has been an employee of the hospital for 35 years, and began there when it was still Humana Hospital.

Helen has been a devoted staff member and leader at Women’s Hospital since its opening more than twenty years ago, and was involved with the first ever Women’s Only Race in 1992.