DCMH offers 3D mammography and 3D breast biopsies

By Rochelle M. Somers


DCMH offers 3D mammography and 3D breast biopsies | DCMH

Mammo ladies

By utilizing advanced 3D breast tomosynthesis technology, mammography exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of invasive breast cancers while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

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 call backs. Having a 3D mammogram allows radiologists to examine your breast tissue layer by layer. So, instead of viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with 2D mammography, fine details are more visible and are less likely hidden by the tissue above or below.

The platform for the Genius 3D mammography equipment at DCMH is the Hologic Selenia Dimensions system. This system is recommended for all breast tissue density types and allows radiologists to more effectively pinpoint size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients. The American College of Radiology recommends annual screening mammograms for women starting at age 40.

3D Breast Biopsy

Delta County Memorial Hospital has the first 3D prone breast biopsy table in the state of Colorado and the fourth in the nation. With a prone biopsy table, patients lie on their stomach during the exam. The table has an opening in the center for the breast to be adequately positioned. The opening in the center of the table allows for 360 degrees access to the breast for biopsy. This padded table allows for greater patient comfort with the aid of several patient positioning cushions.

Abnormalities seen on both 2D and 3D mammograms are targeted for 3D biopsy with the patient lying on their stomach. The radiologist is able to visualize and biopsy both micro-calcifications and subtle lesions with this technology. By utilizing 3D technology, biopsies are completed in a timely manner and use less radiation during the procedure. With improved speed and efficiency, patients are more comfortable.