It is estimated that over 260,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. The good news is that the five-year survival rate is nearly 100% when the cancer is detected early.
To aid in this effort, Anderson Regional Breast Center now offers the Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam. The Genius 3D exams are clinically proven to increase early breast cancer detection and are more accurate than conventional 2D mammograms, detecting 20-65% more invasive cancers.
Dr. Amy Coleman, Lead Interpreting Physician at Anderson Regional Breast Center, explained the benefits of 3D mammogram. “With 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed. A Genius 3D Mammography exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that reduces the tissue overlap effect and provides a clearer, more accurate image.
Coleman continued, “Two-dimensional mammography can also cause normal tissue to appear abnormal. This leads to unnecessary callbacks for additional imaging, causing patients to worry. Studies show that the need for additional imaging with a 3D mammogram is reduced up to 40% compared to 2D alone.”
Women will notice little difference between a conventional 2D and a 3D mammogram. The exam takes about the same amount of time and the positioning is the same. The real difference is the information available to the doctor.
“The Genius system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities and allows us to more accurately pinpoint abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients,” Dr. Coleman said.
To schedule a 3D Mammography exam, call Anderson Regional Breast Center at 601.553.6250. Visit www.andersonregional.org for more information.
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As the most comprehensive health system in East Mississippi and West Alabama, Anderson Regional Health System is the established leader in offering premier medical services. With two hospitals, a cancer center, and a network of clinics, Anderson’s healthcare professionals are committed to the mission of providing a heritage of healing and improving life for the people they serve.
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The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam (a.k.a. Genius™ exam) is acquired on the Hologic® 3D Mammography™ system and
consists of a 2D and 3D™ image set, where the 2D image can be either an acquired 2D image or a 2D image generated from the
3D™ image set. The Genius™ exam is only available on the Hologic® 3D Mammography™ system. Please consult your physician
for a full list of benefits and risks associated with mammography.
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