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Hologic 3D Mammography at IU Health Saxony Hospital Significantly Increases Cancer Detection

An IU Health Saxony Hospital Release

Groundbreaking study finds Hologic’s 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) screening technology significantly increased cancer detection.

Fishers, Ind. IU Health Saxony Hospital  is proud to offer Hologic 3D Mammography for breast cancer screening.  3D mammography produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.

In the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a groundbreaking study was published that found Hologic’s 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) screening technology significantly increased cancer detection while simultaneously reducing the number of false positives.

The study, "Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography",  that reviewed close to half a million mammography exams, was led by Sarah M. Friedewald, MD of the Caldwell Breast Center, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.  The researchers found that 3D mammography finds significantly more invasive or lethal cancers than a traditional mammogram. According to the study’s results, 3D mammography also reduces the number of women called back for unnecessary screenings due to false alarms.  That reduces anxiety, as well as health care costs.

This study, using Hologic 3D mammography systems, involved 13 U.S. breast screening sites and 139 radiologists.

IU Health Saxony Hospital radiologist Dr. Matthew Nartker said, “We believe Hologic 3D Mammography will benefit all screening and diagnostic mammography patients, and is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, those who have dense breast tissue and/or women with a personal history of breast cancer.”

The Hologic 3D mammography screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram. During a 3D mammography exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles.  These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival.  If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

In offering Hologic 3D mammography, IU Health Saxony provides the latest in imaging technology. If you would like to schedule a mammogram, please call 317-962-3580.

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