3D Mammography Now Available in Niles
Aug 28, 2019 Share

(NILES) – Women in Southwest Michigan have increased access to 3D mammography technology, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, at Lakeland Hospital Niles. The technology is also available at the Center for Outpatient Services–Berrien County’s only “Breast Imaging Center of Excellence” as designated by the American College of Radiology. In comparison to conventional mammogram images, 3D mammography allows radiologists the ability to examine breast tissue one thin layer at a time, making fine details more visible and less likely to be hidden by overlapping tissue–especially for women with dense breast tissue.

Used in combination with a 2D, or conventional, mammogram, 3D mammography requires no additional breast compression. The generated 2D images and 3D™ slices are reviewed together to make a clinical decision or diagnosis.

“Clinical studies have concluded that 3D mammography is able to detect 41 percent more invasive cancers at an early stage when compared to conventional 2D mammography,” said Mark Ottmar, MD, breast imaging section chief. “It also reduces the need for additional follow-up mammograms by 40 percent, reducing patient callbacks.

“We are proud to offer increased access to this life-saving technology which allows us to detect breast cancer at earlier stages with improved clarity and accuracy and in turn save more lives,” said Barbara Schmidtman, PhD, director of oncology services.

It is recommended that patients have annual mammograms between the ages of 40 and 80. After age 80, the need for, and frequency of, a mammogram should be a decision made between the patient and their physician. Patients age 40 and older do not need a written referral from their health care provider for a routine annual (screening) mammogram. To schedule an appointment in Niles or St. Joseph call, 800.791.2810

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