Technology offers better chance to diagnose breast cancer earlier
NEW ALBANY — Floyd Memorial’s Women’s Imaging Center now offers 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) for breast cancer screening and biopsy. Breast tomosynthesis produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.
The Center’s Hologic Selenia Dimensions system offers a screening experience similar to a traditional 2D mammogram, according to an FMH news release. During a 3D mammogram, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.
“We believe breast tomosynthesis will benefit all screening and diagnostic mammography patients, and is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, those who have dense breast tissue and/or women with a personal history of breast cancer,” said Tony Cooke, Floyd Memorial director of radiology
Advantages of 3D mammogram include:
41 percent more invasive cancers have been found than with a conventional 2D mammogram alone
Up to 40 percent reduction in repeat mammograms
29 percent improvement in overall cancer detection rates
Masses, distortions and asymmetric densities are clearly and easily seen
Cost savings in unnecessary call backs
Thanks to a $101,000 grant provided by the Floyd Memorial Foundation, Floyd Memorial’s 3D mammography technology is also equipped with the Affirm breast biopsy system. This provides the ability to precisely target regions of interest for biopsy using 3D technology. The radiologist can easily transition from diagnostic to interventional modes in just minutes, pinpointing breast cancer swiftly and sooner. The use of groundbreaking 3D imaging technology to perform breast biopsies offers advantages, which include: easy targeting of lesions, including those visible only in 3D images, shorter biopsy procedure time, reduced radiation dose with fewer exposures required and more comfortable positioning for the patient. Floyd Memorial’s 3D unit with biopsy capabilities is the only one available in the metro Louisville area.
By offering women the latest and more accurate technology in mammography, Floyd Memorial expects to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.
Published in the October/November issue of Southern Indiana Fitness Source