Jim and Eleanor Randall Breast Center is now home to the latest technology to detect breast cancer. Known as 3-D tomosynthesis, this three-dimensional mammography system provides images of the breast in “slices” from different angles.
Although traditional 2-D mammography remains one of the best tools available for detection of abnormalities, the emergence of 3-D mammogram technology offers patients and doctors the opportunity for greater clarity in imaging. In addition, 3-D mammography detects 20%-40% more invasive cancers and reduces false alarms by up to 40%.
For many women, this means being spared the emotional, practical and economic toll of additional testing, including biopsies, when cancer can be ruled out during the initial mammogram.
“One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime,” said Dr. Jon Foran, medical director of the Jim and Eleanor Randall Breast Center. “We are proud to now offer 3-D tomosynthesis to our patients, helping us improve the detection of breast cancer and reduce false alarms. This ground-breaking technology supports the goal of providing the very best breast cancer screening options to women in our community.”
The new system also provides greater accuracy for women across a variety of ages and breast densities. Eight of nine women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history. Breast cancer risk also increases with age, with two out of three invasive breast cancers found in women over age 55.