NEW 3D MAMMOGRAPHY MOST EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR DETECTING BREAST CANCER AT ITS EARLIEST, MOST TREATABLE STAGE
3D Mammography Complements Standard Digital Mammogram
Arlington, VA (March, 2013) – Virginia Hospital Center is among the few hospitals along the East Coast to offer Selenia Dimensions 3D mammography (Breast Tomosynthesis), a revolutionary new screening tool for breast cancer detection. This new technology is performed at the same time as standard digital mammography and with the same system, yet produces a 3D image of a patient’s breast which helps radiologists to see the fine details more clearly by minimizing overlapping tissue.
“When it comes to breast cancer detection, we want to be able to offer our patients the most accurate, effective screening tools available,” said Dr. Stephanie Akbari, Medical Director of the Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health at Virginia Hospital Center and a breast surgery expert. “Because 3D mammography can detect cancer at an earlier stage than conventional digital mammography, the revolutionary screening tool plays a large role in influencing a woman’s chance of survival.”
During the 3D portion of the mammography exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the patient’s breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the breast pictures into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the reconstruction one layer at a time. 3D mammogram images are easier for doctors to read, and reduces the chances missing cancer cells that are being hidden by behind overlapping tissue. No additional compression is required for the 3D mammogram, and it only takes a few extra seconds for each additional image along with the standard digital mammogram.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. If detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 97 percent. Studies have proven that 3D mammography helps doctors better visualize masses, distortions and asymmetric densities. 3D mammography is a helpful option for all women having screening or diagnostic comprehensive exams, regardless of age, breast, density or family history.
About Virginia Hospital Center
For over 65 years, Virginia Hospital Center has provided exceptional medical services to the Washington metropolitan area. Virginia Hospital Center is a 342-bed, state-of-the-art facility offering comprehensive healthcare and multiple Centers of Excellence including Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, the Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health, Neuroscience, Oncology, Total Joint Replacement (hip and knee), Women and Infant Health, Bariatric Surgery and Urology. One of America’s 100 Top Hospitals®, Virginia Hospital Center is a teaching hospital, long-associated with Georgetown University’s School of Medicine, and accredited by The Joint Commission and Licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health. For additional information, please visit www.virginiahospitalcenter.com.