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3D Mammography to be offered at Flagler Imaging Center

 

June 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

About Flagler Hospital: Flagler Hospital is a 335-bed acute care hospital that is consistently ranked among the top five percent of all hospitals in the nation for clinical excellence. The hospital has operated as a not-for-profit healthcare institution in St. Augustine, Florida since its founding in 1889. Flagler Hospital received the Healthgrades 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™. The distinction makes Flagler Hospital one of the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The hospital earned five stars in 25 of the 32 common inpatient conditions and procedures, as evaluated by Healthgrades, and was also named in America's 100 Best for orthopedic surgery, general surgery, joint replacement and pulmonary care. The hospital most recently was named one of Healthgrades 2016 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award recipients, placing the hospital in the top 10 percent of all hospitals evaluated.

Today, Flagler Hospital is part of Coastal Community Health, a regional affiliation between Baptist Health, Flagler Hospital and Southeast Georgia Health System, a highly-integrated hospital network focused on enhancing the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities.

 
 

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