Digital & 3D Mammography at Kirby Medical Center
Monticello Breast Cancer Screening
Kirby Medical Center is committed to excellent patient care. Our Women’s
Imaging Center is pleased to announce we now offer the newest innovation
in screening mammography—Genius 3D Mammography, also known as breast
Introducing Hologic 3D Mammography
3D Mammography is an advanced screening and diagnostic tool that provides
images of the breast in 1mm layers from many different angles, detecting
abnormalities in greater detail and with more accuracy to improve chances
of early detection.
Benefits of 3D Mammography:
- More precise imaging for earlier detection
- Detects 41% more invasive cancers
- Fewer callbacks for additional imaging
- Significant reduction in false-positive recall rates
Why choose 3D Mammography?
The breast is composed of numerous different structures. Digital mammography
offers a terrific 2D view of the breast, but 3D imaging provides a much
better look at the milk ducts, blood vessels, fat, and ligaments. In a
2D scan, these structures overlap and make it difficult to pick out abnormalities.
Even skilled and experienced doctors can have a difficult time deciphering
an overlap from an abnormality, often leading them to callback patients
for another screening to confirm a diagnosis.
3D mammography has made it much easier to differentiate overlaps from abnormalities.
With a more detailed picture, doctors can diagnose or clear a patient
of breast cancer much faster.
What To Expect during a 3D Mammogram?
From the patient’s point of view, the 3D Mammogram procedure is the
same as a traditional mammogram with no additional compression. Like a
traditional mammogram, the technologist positions you and compresses your
breast. The X-ray arm of the mammography machine moves in an arc over
the breast, taking a series of images at several different angles. The
whole procedure takes about the same amount of time as a traditional mammogram.
2D/3D-Which Option is Best for You?
The exposure to radiation for a traditional mammogram and a 3D Mammogram
is comparable. Kirby offers both 2D and 3D technologies. Talk to your
doctor to decide which option is best for you.
For more information about Genius 3D mammography, digital mammography,
or to schedule an appointment,
call (217) 762-1826.