3D Mammography Now Available to Women at Lakeland Health
May 30, 2017 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – Women in southwest Michigan have access to new 3D mammography technology, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, at the Lakeland Health Center for Outpatient Services – Berrien County’s only “Breast Imaging Center of Excellence” as designated by the American College of Radiology. 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. 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.

“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.

“Not only will the ability to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage save more lives, it will also help to provide greater peace of mind for our patients due to increased clarity and accuracy,” said Polya Baghelai, MD, Radiology Medical Director. “We are proud to offer this new life saving technology to patients at Lakeland.”

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 call, (800) 791-2810.

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