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JAMA Study: 3-D/Tomo Mammograms Superior

June 30, 2014
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3-D mammograms may be better at picking up invasive tumors and avoiding false alarms than traditional breast cancer screening methods, according to a study published in the June 25 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). 3-D Tomo digital mammography has been available exclusively to women in Eastern Montana at Holy Rosary Healthcare since September 2013.

Three-dimension digital mammography with tomosynthesis has bumped up breast cancer detection rates by more than 40 percent. With one in eight women developing breast cancer in their lifetime; early detection is of the upmost importance.

The study shares there have been a 15 percent drop in the number of women who had to return for more tests because of suspicious findings. Cutting down on callbacks is important; as additional tests can be anxiety-provoking for women and add cost.

3-D Tomo digital mammograms are performed just like a mammogram, with the breast flattened between two plates like a pancake, except the X-ray camera rotates to snap many images from all angles. Software combines the images to create a 3-D rendering of the breast that radiologists can examine layer by layer, instead of examining the bird's eye view from the traditional two-dimensional X-ray.

To learn more about 3-D Tomo digital mammograms at Holy Rosary, go to holyrosaryhealthcare.org/mammography or schedule your mammogram by calling 406-233-2673.

To read the full Journal of the American Medical Association study, click here.