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BID-Milton Now Offering Three-Dimensional Mammography

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton recently installed a new three-dimensional (3-D) mammography system and is now providing this state-of-the-art imaging technology which has been shown to increase breast cancer detection rates in women by up to 40%.

The hospital’s new Hologic Genius® 3-D mammography system has been proven by numerous clinical studies to provide significant benefits compared to two-dimensional mammography. In addition to a 40% improvement in breast cancer detection rates, particularly in women with dense breast tissue, 3-D mammography also reduces “false positive” results and “call backs” for repeat mammograms by 20%.

The difference between traditional two-dimensional mammography and 3-D mammography lies in the number of images taken of the breasts and how they are displayed to radiologists interpreting the mammogram results. Two-dimensional mammography only takes images of the breasts from two angles. Because the images are compressed, suspicious areas can be hidden between layers of breast tissue, a problem in particular for women with dense breast tissue.

With 3-D mammography, multiple three-dimensional images are taken of the breast and displayed layer-by-layer. As a result, suspicious areas are less likely to be hidden by tissue above or below and are easier for the radiologist to identify.

“Woman may not notice a difference in how the 3-D exam is performed compared to the traditional two-dimensional exam but the benefits of this new technology are significant. 3-D mammography offers improved clarity and breast cancer detection,” explained Brook Longmaid, MD, chief of radiology at BID-Milton and a member of Harvard Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “This state-of-the-art system also offers patients greater peace of mind, which is invaluable.”

The new 3-D mammography system is the latest addition to BID-Milton’s growing Women’s Health Program. Last fall, the hospital began offering, for the first time, minimally invasive robotic surgery for pelvic prolapse and certain cervical and endometrial cancers.

Annual mammogram appointments at BID-Milton may be made by calling (617) 313-1700.

To learn more about 3-D mammography at BID-Milton, go to www.bidmilton.org/3Dmammography.