•  HSHS St. John's is elevating health care with 3-D mammography


    3-D mammography is the best approach to breast cancer screenings and it is only available in the region at HSHS St. John’s Hospital. Take a closer look at why you should consider 3-D mammography for your next breast cancer screening:

    • Increases the rate of breast cancer detection by 40%.
    • Uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers – building what is essentially a “3-dimensional mammogram.” 
    • Allows for close inspection of these individual layers. A good analogy for 3-D mammography is like thinking of the pages in a book. If you look down at the cover you cannot see all of the pages – but when you open it up, you can go through the entire book page-by-page to see everything between the covers. 
    • Utilizes low X-ray energy during the screening examination so radiation exposure is below FDA guidelines. 
    • Combines 3-D mammography and digital mammography for screenings proven to significantly reduce unnecessary “callbacks” by 20-40%.

    Images from a breast exam: 2-D vs. 3-D

    • In a “conventional” 2-D mammogram, there may appear to be an area of concern that the doctor may want to further investigate with another mammogram or a biopsy. 
    • Looking at the same breast tissue in 3-D mammography image, the doctor can now see that the tissue is in fact normal breast tissue that was overlapping in the traditional mammogram, creating the illusion of an abnormal area. 
    • In this scenario, the patient is likely to avoid a callback for an additional mammogram thanks to the 3-D mammography exam technology.
    • The most exciting advancement in breast cancer detection in more than 30 years.
    • A 3-D mammography exam may be used as a screening tool in conjunction with a traditional digital mammogram or may be used by itself for a diagnostic mammogram. 

    Ask your physician about scheduling your 3-D mammography screening, only available in the region at St. John’s.