Women 40 or older have been reminded for years that having an annual mammogram is an important part of their overall wellness. “There are many factors that can increase the risk for breast cancer, such as family history, but the biggest risk is being a woman,” advises radiologist Alison Reinbold, MD. That’s why it’s so important to have a screening mammogram done regularly— you’ll increase the chances of detecting breast cancer in its early stages when more treatment options are available.
Early detection has improved further with the introduction of 3D technology. Diagnostic Imaging Northwest recently unveiled this enhanced screening for mammography in Puyallup and Bonney Lake.
Also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (or tomo), 3D mammography is used in combination with 2D mammography. “During the exam, a patient will hardly notice a difference,” notes Dr. Reinbold. The images collected are displayed as a series of thin slices that can be evaluated individually or as a dynamic, interactive 3D animation. “We are able to see up and down through the tissue and remove extraneous layers, which makes it easier to find abnormalities.”
The significant advantages of 3D mammogram are the clarity of the image and the ability of the radiologist to review the breast from different angles. This is particularly important for women with dense breasts, who are also at increased risk of developing breast cancer. The greater clarity of the breast images improves early detection and the increased accuracy provides patients greater peace of mind. 3D mammography has been proven to reduce the frequency of additional testing by as much as 30 percent.
Diagnostic Imaging Northwest offers 3D mammography at three locations. Each has been accredited as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, which means that patients will find the most comprehensive imaging care services available.
We encourage our over-40 readers to talk with their doctor this fall about scheduling a mammogram.
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