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Sarah Bush Lincoln Now Offering 3D MAMMOGRAPHY Exams

June 29, 2017 4:23 p.m.

The latest in mammography technology is now available at Sarah Bush Lincoln offering greater breast cancer detection.

Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams, developed by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in women’s health, uses advanced breast tomosynthesis technology. It is clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

SBL Diagnostic Imaging Director Stacia Goings, said, “This 3D technology reveals invasive breast cancers in 41 percent more people than the traditional 2D mammography. We are excited to provide advanced care to our patients to give them the best chance of survival.”

In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks, she explained. A Genius exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

A Genius exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-DIMENSIONAL portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer-screening exam.

The new system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows our radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients.

Large clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe have demonstrated the positive benefits of a Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exam. The largest study to date on breast cancer screening using the Genius exam was published in the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  Findings include:

•           A 41percent increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers.

•           A 29 percent increase in the detection of all breast cancers.

•           A 15 percent decrease in women recalled for additional imaging.

Sarah Bush Lincoln is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering the Genius exam, Sarah Bush Lincoln provides a more accurate* tool for breast cancer screening. Goings added that the mobile mammography unit will offer the same technology in the coming months. “Our goal is to always provide the best technology in all settings,” she added.

If you would like to schedule a Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exam, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact Sarah Bush Lincoln Central Scheduling at 217 258-2588.

About Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ Exams

The breast is a three-dimensional object composed of different structures located at different heights within the breast. These structures can overlap and cause confusion when viewed as a flat two-dimensional image. This confusion of overlapping of tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. Using breast tomosynthesis technology, the Hologic system creates a 3-dimensional image of the breast structure, which enables radiologists to more clearly see through overlapping tissue to detect cancers, often at an earlier stage.

The Hologic system was the first FDA-approved breast tomosynthesis system in the U.S. Hologic Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams are now throughout the United States and in more than 50 countries. To date, more than 8 million women have been screened with this advanced screening system.