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3D Mammograms Available at SCRMC

Posted on August 1, 2022

SCRMC Now Offering State-of-the-Art Genius™ 3D Mammography™ Exams

Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams are clinically proven to increase invasive cancer detection.

South Central Regional Medical Center 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, and 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. A Genius exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

A Genius exam includes both 2D images and Tomosynthesis scans. During the Tomosynthesis-Dimensional portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

South Central Regional Medical Center is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering the Genius exam, SCRMC provides a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening. Fred Vial, MD, Radiologist, states, “One of the greatest benefits is the ability to detect more cancers particularly in dense breasts. With 3D Mammography, we are able to look at individual, thin sections of the breasts instead of the whole breast. This improves our ability to find the obscure cancer, see the tumor and remove a lot of that overlapping tissue.”

Researchers have found that:

  • The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam finds 20-65% more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone, an average increase of 41%.
  • Only the Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam is FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone.
  • The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam reduces callbacks by up to 40% compared to 2D alone.

If you would like to schedule a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam, please contact your primary care physician or OB-GYN. If have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact South Central Breast Care Center at 601-426-4090.