The Genius 3D Mammography Exam
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Doctors agree early detection increases a woman’s chance of surviving breast cancer. If found early, and before it reaches the lymph nodes, the five-year breast cancer survival rate is 100 percent for patients with stage 0 or stage 1 cancer and 93% for those with stage 2 cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute’s SEER database. Until now, digital mammography, a 2-dimensional picture of the breast, has been the standard screening tool to detect cancer.
But the breast is a 3-dimensional object composed of different structures like blood vessels, milk ducts, fat and ligaments. Viewing all of these overlapping structures in a 2-dimensional, flat image is the reason small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal leading to unnecessary “call backs” for more testing.
3D mammography offers a more accurate look at the breast. It allows the radiologist to examine your breast tissue one layer at a time. 3D Mammogram converts digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices” to build what is essentially a 3-dimensional mammogram.
Better Images Tell a Better Story
A good analogy for 3D mammography is like pages in a book. Look at the cover and you cannot see all of the pages. Open it up and you can go through the entire book page-by-page to see everything between the covers. 3D mammography shows the radiologist all of the pages in the book.
Genius 3D Mammograms provide improved visibility of breast tissue which may:
- Increase early detection of invasive cancers by 40%* compared to 2D digital mammography alone
- Decrease the need for “call back” or a second imaging test by up to 40%*
Low x-ray energy is used during the screening so radiation exposure is below the FDA guidelines and is equivalent to current 2D mammograms.
Who Should have a 3D Mammogram?
Guidelines are the same as for mammography in general: yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and if over the age of 75 the benefits should be discussed with your physician. Certain women who are deemed at higher risk may begin yearly screening mammograms earlier than age 40 and that should be discussed with your physician.
What to Expect During a Genius 3D Mammography Exam
A 3D mammogram is very similar to a conventional mammogram. The technologist will position you, compress your breast and take images from different angles. There is no additional compression required with 3D mammography and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view.
The technologist reviews the images right at the workstation to ensure quality images have been captured for review. A radiologist will then examine the images and report the results directly to your doctor.
How do I prepare for a mammogram?
On the day of the exam, do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts. Describe any breast symptoms or problems you may have to the technologist performing the exam. If possible, obtain prior mammograms and make them available to the radiologist at the time of the current exam.
Is 3D Mammography More Expensive?
Medicare, Medicaid and most insurances fully cover the cost of a 3D yearly screening mammogram. It must be over 12 months since you received your last screening mammogram. Call us and we can help you find out your insurance benefits.
I Want to Schedule My 3D Mammogram!
To schedule your Genius 3D Screening Mammogram, please call Shoshone Medical Center’s Imaging Department at (208) 784-1384. A physician’s order is not necessary for a screening mammogram.
*Comparative data using 3D and 2D mammography to detect invasive cancer,BREASTCANCER.ORG, June 2014.