White Salmon, Wash. – Skyline Health is excited to offer Genius™ 3D Mammography exams, developed by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius™ exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, also decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.
In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. These exams include a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.
“3D mammography provides more detailed images of the breast tissue, viewed in thin ‘slices’ instead of a single picture of superimposed tissue. This means radiologists can find cancers earlier, when they are more treatable,” said Kari Thomas, M.D., Skyline Health radiologist. “This technology also reduces the number of callbacks from screening mammograms, as it helps radiologists to discern overlapping normal tissue from masses.”
This new exam technology is revolutionizing how breast cancer is detected by providing a better option for women of all breast densities compared to 2D alone. Researchers have found that:
- 3D mammography finds 20-65 percent more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone,
an average increase of 41 percent.
- Only the Genius™ 3D Mammography exam is FDA approved as superior for women with
dense breasts compared to 2D alone.
- 3D Mammography reduces callbacks by up to 40 percent compared to 2D alone.
“Because of the generosity of Skyline Foundation and our giving community, the Imaging Department at Skyline Health is able to replace our digital mammography system with a new state-of-the art 3D tomosynthesis unit,” said Robb Kimmes, Skyline Health chief executive officer. “Having the best tools for early detection of breast cancer is going to be very impactful to this community and for this I am incredibly grateful!”
To schedule a 3D mammography exam, or to learn about this important breast health procedure, please contact Skyline Health’s Imaging Department at 509-637-2957.