Banner Lakes Imaging Center now utilizes a Hologic 3D Mammography Unit .
The low-dose 3D mammography system produces special images that allow radiologists to better view breast tissue. The X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images in just seconds. An analogy for 3D mammography is like the pages in a book. Looking at the book, the internal contents of the pages can’t be seen. But when opened up, a book can be leafed through, page-by-page, seeing everything between the covers.
These 3D Tomosynthesis images have been found to identify 40 percent more invasive cancers than 2D alone. The Hologic 3D Mammography Imaging System has improved radiologists ability to view asymmetric densities, distortions and smaller masses, resulting in earlier diagnosis.
It has been shown that there is a 20 to 40 percent reduction in false positives and the need for additional imaging. The new system generates 2D images from the 3D data set, reducing the radiation dose for patients by eliminating the need for additional 2D exposures.
This unit reduces the amount of time a patient is under compression by more than half, increasing patient comfort.