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Hocking Valley Community Hospital offers 3D mammography

Hocking Valley Community Hospital offers 3D mammography

Hocking Valley Community Hospital is excited to offer 3D mammography exams, using utilizing Hologic advanced breast tomosynthesis technology. These Genius 3D Mammography™ exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, and also decrease the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

The breast is a three-dimensional object composed of different structures located at different heights within the breast. These structures can overlap and cause confusion when viewed as a flat two-dimensional image. This confusion of overlapping of tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. Using breast tomosynthesis technology, the Hologic system creates a 3-dimensional image of the breast structure, which enables radiologists to more clearly see through overlapping tissue to detect cancers, often at an earlier stage.

Mammograms with this technology include both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis 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.

“This requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam,” Faith Todd, Director of Radiology, said.

“Hocking Valley Community Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering the 3D exam, we are able to provide a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening,” Todd concluded.

If you would like to schedule a mammogram at HVCH, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact our Radiology department at 740-380-8204.

The Hologic system is the first FDA-approved breast tomosynthesis system in the U.S. To date, more than 8 million women have been screened with this advanced screening system.