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New Study Finds 3-D Mammograms Result in Significantly Higher Breast Cancer Detection

6/26/2014 12:00:00 AM  --Mercy
Mercy offers regions only 3-D mammography imaging at St. Anne and St. Charles
A national study just released this week in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) concludes that combining mammography with three-dimensional imaging has proven to result in significantly higher breast cancer detection rate and a lower recall rate for additional imaging or procedures.
The study, reviewed more than 450,000 cases, with results showing that cancer detection rates increased from 4.2 per 1,000 screens to 5.4 per 1,000 screens with the use of digital mammography and 3D tomosynthesis. Additionally, the study noted that 3D mammography detected more invasive cancers.
“Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent. Mercy is committed to the fight against breast cancer through screening mammography, including 3D technology with tomosynthesis,” said Jenny Wang, DO, radiologist, Mercy Radiology Group.
Mercy continues to be the only healthcare provider in our region to offer 3D breast tomosynthesis for breast cancer screening. Appointments can be made through the Women’s Centers at Mercy St. Charles and Mercy St. Anne.
Tomosynthesis provides 3D digital breast imaging that enables radiologists to see through the entire depth of the breast by taking 15 successive images at slightly different angles. The result is improved accuracy in screening results and pinpointing of lesion location.
"I think tomosynthesis is going to change how we practice mammography," said study co-author Melissa Durand, MD, of Yale University. "Mammography is not perfect, but now we have a tool that makes us better at reading mammograms. Due to its improved visibility of findings that we see with 3-D mammograms, we are able to find more cancers and reduce recalls, and that's a win-win situation for women in general."

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