Preventative health screenings are one of the most important things you can do for your health. Guthrie recommends screenings as an essential component of your overall health and well-being.
Mammograms continue to be the best screening method available for breast cancer. Improvements in mammography imaging technology provide detailed images quickly, so that patients know what they need to know sooner.
Guthrie now offers 3D Mammography
While 2D mammogram technology is state-of-the-art, it suffers from decreasing sensitivity as tissue density increases. This can result in unclear images and missed cancers, especially in dense breasts. Up to 52-76 percent of cancers may be missed in dense breast tissue, where small tumors are more difficult to identify. A breast image being displayed as a 2D X-ray image can lead to a loss of image depth information. Superimposition means lesions may be masked by the tissue above or underneath, or normal structures may mimic a lesion. Breast tomosynthesis helps reduce these challenges.
How 3D Mammography works
A full-field digital mammography system acquires multiple projection images of the breast. The X-ray tube moves through a wide 50o arc above the stationary detector, acquiring an image every two degrees for 25 projections. The images are reconstructed into a 3D volume in DICOM format for flexible display on reading and reporting workstations. Physicians can scroll through the slices for a comprehensive view.
- Fewer call-backs for additional screening and testing.
- Improved cancer detection showing deeper breast structure more clearly.
- Decreased false positives as individual layers of tissue are visualized separately.
- Improved imaging for dense breasts.
Most breast-imaging appointments can be made within 48 hours and the referring physician often has results within 24 hours. For questions about 3D mammography or to make an appointment at one of our convenient locations, call 570-887-4000.