August 09, 2013
John C. Lincoln's Breast Health and Research Center in North Phoenix is now Arizona's first site to offer low-dose 3D mammography, the latest innovation in breast cancer screening.
The new low-dose 3D system from Hologic requires less compression time and reduces radiation exposure. It does this by creating 2D images from the 3D data set, thus eliminating the separate digital X-ray that was part of the original 3D imaging process.
"Even though groundbreaking 3D mammograms met FDA safety standards while providing never-before seen image clarity, some patients worried about the level of exposure," said breast radiologist Linda Greer, MD, medical director of the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center.
"This new low-dose technology completely eliminates that concern, while still maintaining 3D's increased cancer detection and reduced callback rate."
Hear medical experts — including Sherry Gage, director of John C. Lincoln's Breast Health and Research Center — discuss how 3D mammography is helping them find cancers that otherwise would go undetected and reducing call-backs for unnecessary additional testing.
Hologic's new 'C-View' imaging software was approved May 16 by the FDA. The new, low-dose 3D breast cancer screenings are now available at the same cost as conventional 2D mammography at John C. Lincoln's Breast Health and Research Center, 19646 N. 27th Ave., #205. Also, the new technology is clinically proven to significantly reduce unnecessary patient recalls while simultaneously improving cancer detection.
"Low dose 3D mammography is an important evolution in breast cancer screening," Dr. Greer says. "Large-scale clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe have shown that screening with 3D mammography allows radiologists to visualize the breast in greater detail than with 2D mammography alone. That results in earlier detection of cancers, while at the same time reducing the false positives associated with conventional 2D mammography."
False positives are unclear results that require patients to return for additional medical imaging to rule out cancer and can cause unnecessary anxiety and cost.
"No matter how you look at it," Dr. Greer said, "low-dose 3D breast cancer screening provides a better patient experience."
Being first to offer low-dose 3D breast cancer screening is typical for John C. Lincoln's Breast Health Center, which has a history of being at the forefront of breast cancer screening. It was first in the Valley to offer breast imaging in a spa-like setting; first in Arizona to offer 3D breast cancer screening that is rapidly becoming the worldwide standard of care; and one of the first in the nation designated a Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
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