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There is a dedicated Women’s Imaging Center section within the building. This area features a private dressing, waiting area, and comfortable seating with reading material, and wide-screen televisions. The imaging center accepts mammography self-referrals so there is no need for a doctor referral.
True Breast Tomosynthesis is 3D mammogram technology that is proven to detect breast cancer better than traditional 2D mammography alone. While standard 2D mammograms take an image of the top and bottom side of a patient’s breast, True Breast Tomosynthesis takes approximately 25 images of the breast from many angles as the X-ray tube moves across the breast in an arc. 3D Tomosynthesis mammography exams allow doctors 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 conventional 2D mammography, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below. More than 200 clinical studies have shown that by using this technology, doctors are able to screen for breast cancer with greater accuracy, which means better breast cancer detection and a reduced chance of being called back for additional diagnostic images.
SmartCurve™ breast stabilization system delivers an exceptional patient experience without compromising image quality, workflow or dose. The SmartCurve system is clinically proven to deliver a more comfortable mammogram without increasing dose. A curved surface applies uniform compression over the entire breast. It is shown to improve comfort in 93% of patients who reported moderate to severe discomfort with standard compression paddles. The processing software takes paddle geometry into account, so there’s no impact on image quality. There’s no change in positioning technique or workflow for technologists.
3D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection. It is performed in conjunction with a traditional 2D digital mammogram. During the 3D part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in an arc over the breast, taking multiple images. Then, a computer uses the images to produce a 3D image of your breast tissue, providing greater detail for the radiologist.
More accurate detection: By minimizing the impact of overlapping breast tissue.
Earlier diagnosis: Overlapping tissue can hide small cancers in a 2D scan. Sometimes this tissue appears overlapped, making it difficult to see all the individual structures. 3D mammography allows the doctor to better see the different structures as well as the location, size and shape of any abnormal tissue, such as small cancers.
Better detection in dense breast tissue: Dense breast tissue, often found in younger women.
Less Anxiety: 3D mammography can help reduce false alarms. The improved accuracy in diagnosing abnormal structures offered by a 3D view of the breast decreases the number of unnecessary callbacks to women for additional scans and biopsies.
Very low X-ray energy is used during the exam. This means that the amount of radiation is below the recommended guidelines of the American College of Radiology and is just slightly higher than digital 2D mammography. Breast Tomosynthesis is approved for use by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Call our schedulers at 530.529.XRAY (9729), Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.