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3D Mammography

United Regional Offers the Latest Technology For Improved Screening and Detecting Breast Cancer

More and more women are getting mammograms to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. As a result, breast cancer deaths are on the decline.

Digital mammograms are still the best method to detect breast cancer early before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms and when it is easier to treat.  But it is only a two-dimensional  picture of the breast. Since the breast is composed of pockets of dense tissue surrounded by fat, when x-rayed, it creates an image that looks something like a smoky haze. The overlapping tissue in the image makes it difficult to see tiny “spots,” called microcalcifications, and other subtle signs of early cancer.

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A suspicious area is hidden on two-dimensional “conventional” mammography

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3D Mammogram layers of “slices” clearly reveals the suspicious area

3D Mammography Breast Tomosynthesis 

3D Mammography, often referred to as breast tomosynthesis, uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices”— building what is essentially a “3-dimensional mammogram.” During the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple breast images in just seconds.

A computer then produces a 3D image of breast tissue in one millimeter layers allowing the radiologist to see breast tissue detail in a way never before possible. Instead of viewing all the complexities of breast tissue in a flat image, the doctor can examine the tissue a millimeter at a time. Fine details are more clearly visible, no longer hidden by the tissue above and below.

This technology helps radiologists find very small cancers and rule out “false positives,” reducing the number of women who are called back for a diagnostic mammogram. It is especially helpful in detecting cancers in dense breast tissue, which 80% of women have.

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This 3D mammography unit offers exceptionally sharp breast images, an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort, and the ability to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance.

The Softest Mammogram for Women:

Patient Comfort and Satisfaction

Pain, or fear of pain, is cited as one of the main reasons why 40% of women over the age of 40 do not get their annual screening mammograms. The Women’s Imaging Center in the new Bridwell Tower offers MammoPad® breast cushions, a soft, foam pad that helps minimize discomfort during a screening mammography. The cushion is placed on the imaging receptor, creating a warmer, softer surface between the breast and the mammography system.

This technology helps radiologists find very small cancers and rule out “false positives,” reducing the number of women who are called back for a diagnostic mammogram. It is especially helpful in detecting cancers in dense breast tissue, which 80% of women have.

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This 3D mammography unit offers exceptionally sharp breast images, an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort, and the ability to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance.

Location and Hours of Operation:

Women’s Imaging is located on the first floor of the Bridwell Tower and provides services from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1 pm to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

To schedule an appointment for a mammogram, please call (940) 764-5050, or complete the online form by clicking on the schedule button found at the bottom of the page.