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Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography)

PCRMC Adds 3D Mammography for Breast Imaging

State-of-the-art mammogram technology offers best chance for early detection and accurate diagnosis

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) recently announced the addition of 3D digital breast tomosynthesis, a state-of-the-art breast imaging technology, to the PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center.

What is 3D digital breast tomosynthesis?
3D digital breast tomosynthesis is a valuable tool that allows radiologists to better visualize breast tissue, particularly in the case of dense breasts. 3D digital breast tomosynthesis helps decrease false-positive results, and it offers an increased rate of cancer detection when compared with traditional 2D mammography. While 2D mammography is still the gold standard in breast cancer screening, 3D digital breast tomosynthesis screening is the wave of the future.

How does 3D digital breast tomosynthesis work?
PCRMC Radiologist Edward Downey, DO, says 3D digital breast tomosynthesis takes 25 images of a patient's breast during an exam. "Tomography images are thin-sectioned slices of the breast, which allow small lesions to be better evaluated than on a traditional 2D image. These 3D images are read in conjunction with the 2D image," Dr. Downey says. "This allows for diagnosis of small breast lesions and rules out lesions that appear to be suspicious on 2D images."

What are the benefits of 3D breast mammography?
There are numerous benefits to 3D breast mammography, including fewer call backs for additional screening and testing; simple tumor detection that shows the inner breast structure more clearly; better tumor detection because breast layers are viewed individually; and improved imaging for dense breast tissue. The 3D mammogram increases diagnostic ability, which means fewer diagnostic biopsy procedures and fewer anxiety-inducing call backs.

How can patients schedule a 3D mammogram?
Patients can schedule a 3D mammogram by calling PCRMC Centralized Scheduling at 573-458-7737. To learn more about 3D digital breast tomosynthesis at the PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center, please call 573-458-3100.