Pixel Tracker

Monday, March 18 , 2019, 6:07 pm | Fair 65º


Sansum Clinic Upgrades Mammography Technology

Advanced imaging has become a very important tool in the early detection of cancer, and Sansum Clinic recently invested in the newest 3-D Mammography technology available as an option for its patients.

The new Selenia Dimensions from Hologic, can help provide the following:

» Earlier detection: While digital mammography has been the most advanced screening technology available, it is 2-dimensional and has limitations. This new 3-D equipment can detect small cancers that may not be seen with traditional 2-D images.

» Greater accuracy: 3-D mammography results in better survival rates because of early detection.

» Decreased recall rates: Improved accuracy reduces the need for patients to return for additional imaging tests. There is also a reduction in the occurrence of false positive biopsy readings.

Unlike 2-D digital mammography, which takes a full view of the breast tissue as a flat image, 3-D mammography is a 3-dimensional image of the breast tissue with several images that are taken at varying angles along an arc across the breast.

With 3-D mammography, the premise is that what is hidden behind fibroglandular tissue on one image might be visible in another image if the angle is slightly different.

Upgrading to the new 3D technology helps detect cancers much earlier and those cancers can be caught when they are much smaller, making them easier to treat. 

A recent article, “Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography” from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA- June 25, 2014) highlights the distinct benefit of the technology after a total of 454,850 examinations (281,187 conventional mammograms compared to 173,663 3-D mammograms) were conducted.

Its findings show significant improvements with 3-D mammography:

» A 41 percent increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers

» A 29 percent increase in the detection of all breast cancers

» A 15 percent decrease in women recalled for additional imaging

All patients who need a screening mammogram are good candidates for 3-D screening mammography. Multiple studies have shown that all women, regardless of breast type or density, may benefit from 3-D mammography.

To learn more about this exciting new technology, please contact your primary care doctor or visit www.hologic.com or www.sansumclinic.org/mammography.

— Liz Baker is the marketing supervisor for Sansum Clinic.


Support Noozhawk Today!

Our professional journalists work tirelessly to report on local news so you can be more informed and engaged in your community. This quality, local reporting is free for you to read and share, but it's not free to produce.

You count on us to deliver timely, relevant local news, 24/7. Can we count on you to invest in our newsroom and help secure its future?

We provide special member benefits to show how much we appreciate your support.

I would like give...
Great! You're joining as a Red-Tailed Hawk!
  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.