Your breast is three dimensional; your mammogram should be too. Breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, offers another powerful tool in the early detection of breast cancer. By using digital imaging and three dimensional graphics, doctors can move beyond the traditional 2D mammogram and find potential cancers that might otherwise have been missed. Lesions can be seen more clearly, which reduces the need for unnecessary callbacks.
Baptist Health Floyd is proud to have two 3D mammography units available at the Hospital, and one 3D unit at our Diagnostic Imaging – Corydon location.
How it Works
The 3D exam, positioned like a traditional mammogram, is different in the fact that multiple images of the breast are taken to create a three dimensional image for better analysis. There is no additional compression of the breasts required; it only takes a few seconds longer for each view. 3D mammography allows doctors to “look through” tissue and better pinpoint the location of small invasive cancer. As a result, an improved detection rate and a lower amount of false positives, is possible.
In addition, Baptist Health Floyd’s Hologic Selenia Dimensions® system provides diagnostic advantages, including:
- Earlier detection of breast cancers
- Clearer images of a lesion
- More accurate diagnosis because of better sampling
- Reduction in the number of unnecessary biopsies
- Decreased patient anxiety and unnecessary costs
- Better surgical results because of better visualization of all areas of concern
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Doctors agree that early detection is the best defense against breast cancer. Successful treatment and survival rates for breast cancer patients are dramatically affected by early detection. If breast cancer is found early, before it has the opportunity to spread to the lymph nodes, the five-year survival rate is almost 100 percent.
Advantages of a 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
While Medicare covers 3D mammography screenings as a preventive screening, most major insurance companies will only cover 2D mammography. Your insurance company will be billed for the preventive screening, but the additional out of pocket cost of a 3D mammogram to the patient is $60.
Breast Biopsy System
Thanks to a grant provided by the Floyd Memorial Foundation*, Baptist Health Floyd’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, including:
- Easy targeting of lesions, including those visible only in 3D images
- Shorter biopsy procedure time
- Reduced radiation dose with fewer exposures required
- More comfortable positioning for the patient
For more information, call Baptist Health Floyd Imaging at (812) 949-7775. To schedule your 2D or 3D mammogram at the Hospital, call (812) 949-5570, or at Baptist Health Diagnostics in Corydon located at 313 Federal Drive NW, Suite 020, call (812) 734-3920.
*The Floyd Memorial Foundation granted $101,000 to purchase the Affirm Breast Biopsy System to compliment the Hologic Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography Unit. The Foundation is excited to be a part of advanced technology that will positively impact patients’ health and aid in early breast cancer detection.