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3D Mammography to be offered at Flagler Imaging Center

 

April 1, 2017 | View PDF

Flagler Imaging Center is pleased to introduce 3D mammograms later this fall. The Genius™ 3D Mammography Exam is the most exciting advancement in mammography in over 30 years.

A Genius exam is an advanced technology in the fight against breast cancer that allows doctors to examine your breast tissue one layer at a time. The imaging system uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or "slices" for your radiologist to review. A good analogy for a Genius exam is thinking of the pages in a book. If you look down at the cover you cannot see all of the pages – but when you open it up, you can go through the entire book page-by-page to see everything between the covers. The Genius exam was designed with the same concept in mind.

Doctors and scientists agree that early detection is the best defense against breast cancer. Successful treatment and survival rates for breast cancer patients are dramatically affected by early detection of breast cancers. If we find breast cancer early, before it has spread to lymph nodes, the five-year survival rate is almost 100 percent. Until now, the best way to do that has been with digital mammography.

While digital mammography is still one of the most advanced technologies available today, it is only a 2-dimensional picture of the breast. The breast is a 3-dimensional object composed of different structures, such as blood vessels, milk ducts, fat, and ligaments. All of these structures, which are located at different heights within the breast, can overlap and cause confusion when viewed as a 2-dimensional, flat image. This confusion of overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks.

Patients will find the 3D mammogram experience to be similar to that of a 2D mammogram. The test takes about the same amount of time with just a few seconds of compression.

To learn more about Flagler Imaging Center and the new Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exam, please visit http://www.FlaglerHospital.org

Flagler Hospital is a 335 bed, acute care hospital that has consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation by leading ratings agencies. The hospital has operated as a not-for-profit healthcare institution in St. Augustine, Florida since its founding in 1889. Flagler Hospital's focus on quality has resulted in numerous national accreditations including, designation as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, ANCC Magnet Status for Nursing Excellence, the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Care Centers, National accreditation for its total hip and total knee replacement programs and accreditation of its Cancer Institute by the Commission on Cancer. To learn more about all of the hospital's services log on to http://www.FlaglerHospital.org.

 
 

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