Nanticoke now armed with state-of-the-art mammography exams

SEAFORD – Nanticoke Health Services is now offering the latest in breast cancer screening advances.

Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams, utilizes advanced breast tomosynthesis technology. It is developed by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health. Genius exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks.

A 3D mammogram at Nanticoke includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

This exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-DIMENSIONAL portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A 3D exam takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

The Hologic system is the only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis system as approved by the FDA. The new system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows our radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients.

The largest study to date on breast cancer screening using the Genius exam was published in the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).   Findings include:

  • A 41 percent increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers.
  • A 29 percent increase in the detection of all breast cancers.
  • A 15 percent decrease in women recalled for additional imaging.

Nanticoke Health Services is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering the Genius exam, Nanticoke provides the latest and most effective imaging tool for breast cancer screening.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer 3D mammography at Nanticoke,” said Missy Babinski, Director of Radiology at Nanticoke Health Services. “This latest technology allows for better, earlier breast cancer detection. The Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ equipment allows the radiologist to better evaluate your breast tissue layer by layer. The ultimate goal is to screen for breast cancer with greater accuracy.”

To schedule a 3D mammogram at Nanticoke, call 628-1507. For more information about this important breast health procedure, contact the Mammography department at 629-6611 ext. 8630 or visit www.nanticoke.org/mammo.

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