Early detection is the best protection against breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and HCHC offers breast health imaging services throughout the year.
Mammography is a common breast imaging procedure used to detect breast cancer. However, HCHC patients receive advanced breast imaging with HCHC’s Hologic Selenia Dimensions 3-D mammography. Breast tomosynthesis, often referred to as 3-D mammography, allows doctors to see masses and distortions associated with cancers and precancerous cells significantly more clearly than conventional 2-D mammography. Fine details are more visible with 3-D imaging and no longer hidden by the surrounding tissue. The difference between 2-D and 3-D mammography is that 3-D acquires more images per exposure giving the radiologist more information and the ability to see finer details.
Studies have shown that 3-D mammograms result in the following benefits for patients: 30-35 percent increase in cancer detection; 11 percent decrease in biopsy rate; an approximate 40 percent reduction in recall rates; 40-50 percent increase in invasive cancer detection. In addition, 3-D mammography has superior diagnostic accuracy for all breast types. Very low x-ray energy is used during the exam, with the total patient dose being well within the FDA safety standards for mammography.
HCHC’s mammography technicians are specifically trained in this imaging. In addition to offering cutting-edge 3-D mammography, HCHC’s Women’s Center provides a private and comfortable waiting area with direct entry to mammography, bone density and ultrasound testing. For more information about mammography at HCHC and other breast imaging services, contact the Imaging Services Department at 319.385.6158. For patients wanting to schedule a mammogram, call 319.385.6540.