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New 3D Mammography offers better chance to diagnose breast cancer earlier, at more treatable stages
CHIPPEWA FALLS - HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital is now offering 3-D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) for breast cancer screening. Breast tomosynthesis produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue, which makes it easier for radiologists to identify breast abnormalities that could be cancerous.
"We believe breast tomosynthesis will benefit all screening and diagnostic mammography patients," said Ken Brown, director of radiology services at HSHS St. Joseph's and Sacred Heart hospitals. "Tomosynthesis is the new standard in breast imaging and has been proven effective to all patients, especially those with dense breast tissue." HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital also offers 3-D mammography services.
The tomosynthesis screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram. During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple low-dose images of the breast are taken at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of slices that can be viewed as a 3-D reconstruction of the breast.
Breast cancer is a common cancer among American women, exceeded only by the incidence of skin cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women by the end of this year. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman's chance of survival. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and is a good reminder for women over 40-and women under 40 with a family history of breast cancer-to schedule a mammogram.
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