3D Mammography offers better chance to diagnose breast cancer earlier, at more treatable stages
NEWTON, Kan., (April 20, 2015) – Newton Medical Center (NMC) is now offering 3D mammography for breast cancer screening. This new system produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.
Breast cancer screening with 3D mammography when combined with a conventional 2D mammography has a 40% higher invasive cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone. 3D mammography technology gives radiologists increased confidence with up to a 40% reduction in recall rates.
The 3D mammography screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram. During a 3D mammography exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.
By offering women the latest and more accurate technology in mammography, NMC expects to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.
If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please call the Women’s Center at Newton Medical Center at (316) 283-4744.
About Newton Medical Center:
Newton Medical Center is a comprehensive 103-bed hospital in Newton, Kan., offering full-service medical care in Harvey, Butler and northern Sedgwick counties. For more information, call (316) 283-2700 or visit www.www.newtonmed.com.