New technology is now improving breast cancer detection for local women.
Edward Hospital is offering three-dimensional mammography, where multiple x-ray images of the breast are taken from various angles to produce a series of one-millimeter slices.
Those slices are then reconstructed and viewed as 3D images.
“3D Mammography is so beneficial because it’s building on a proven life saver and that is mammography,” said Darius Gilvydis, M.D., Medical Director of Breast Imaging at Edward Hospital. “[It] helps breast imaging radiologists not only see around but through breast tissue, which helps in the detection of smaller or more subtle legions.”
“Seeing all the way through – in 3 dimensions, this way, or that way – it’s a very nice feeling that’s nothing’s wrong,” said Warrenville resident Sharon Adams. “And it hurts less so you’re less prone to putting it off.”
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, but if detected early, doctors estimate the five-year survival rate to be about 98%.
3D mammography has a 20% greater detection rate than its 2D counterpart, as well as a faster turnaround time for results.
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