UMH debuts new 3-D mammography unit, capability

Uvalde Memorial Hospital radiology medical director Dr. Jared Reading (second from right) with diagnostic technologists (left to right) Noemi Sanchez, Alda Cano, Janna Whyrick and Julie Vanhoy.

Uvalde Memorial Hospital has added 3-D mammography to its offerings with a new equipment acquisition. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius 3D Mammography exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, and also decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

In conventional two-dimensional mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. This exam includes a three-dimensional method of imagining that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

This exam includes both 2-D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-dimensional portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing UMH radiologist Dr. Jared Reading to review the breast tissue one layer at a time.

“The medical community has long sought ways to improve breast cancer screening accuracy. Better sensitivity will translate into more lives saved,” Reading said. “Lower recall rates result in fewer patients result in fewer patients who many experience short-term anxiety awaiting test results. Breast tomosynthesis will have a positive impact on patient care in our community.”

The exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2-D breast cancer-screening exam.

The 3-D exam is providing a better option for women of all breast densities compared to 2-D exams.

Researchers have found that this exam finds 20-65 percent more invasive breast cancers compared to 2-D exams alone, an average increase of 41 percent.

Only this exam is U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2-D alone.

This exam reduces call-backs by up to 40 percent compared to 2-D alone.

In offering the Genius exam, UMH provides a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening.

“We are excited to have this state of the art mammography machine at Uvalde Memorial Hospital for all of our patients in Uvalde and surrounding areas,” says Ralph Gonzales, radiology director. “We are committed to providing our community with the highest quality care and most innovative imaging services.”

To date, more than 8 million women have been screened with this advanced screening system, which was developed by Hologic Incorporated-developed system.

To schedule a Genius 3-D Mammography exam at UMH or to pose questions about this procedure, contact the UMH women’s imaging department at 830-278-6251, extension 1517.

The preceding information was submitted by Samantha Vonderschmidt, marketing director for Uvalde Memorial Hospital.

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