DCMH offers state's first 3D prone mammograms

By Press Release


3D mammography exams are now being offered at Delta County Memorial Hospital. 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.

"This hospital is dedicated to providing the latest technology for highest quality care which now includes women's imaging services for 3D mammography exams, the first prone 3D breast biopsy table in the state of Colorado and only the fourth in the nation, and also the latest DXA bone scanning equipment," stated CEO Jason Cleckler.

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. A 3D mammography exam can greatly reduce this tissue overlap effect.

During the tomosynthesis portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a light 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 3D exam requires no additional compression and each scan is completed within seconds.

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

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

• A 41 percent 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.

For additional details on 3D mammography exams please call Rochelle Somers, lead mammography technologist, at 874-6036.

With the DXA bone density scanning system, patients experience greater comfort, faster exam times and low X-ray dose examinations. This latest technology for bone scans offers crisp, clear resolution images to assess bone mineral density.

To schedule a 3D mammography exam or bone density scan, please call Delta County Memorial Hospital medical imaging at 874-2214.