New 3D Mammography at Baptist Health Floyd Offers Better Chance to Diagnose Breast Cancer Earlier

Floyd Memorial’s Women’s Imaging Center is excited to offer 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. 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.

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.

The total cost of a 3D Mammogram is just $60. For more information, visit baptisthealthfloyd.com/Mammo. To schedule your 3D or 2D mammogram at Floyd Memorial’s Women’s Imaging Center, call (812) 949-5570 with or without a physician referral.