Hayward Area Memorial Hospital (HAMH) was the first healthcare facility in northwestern Wisconsin to offer breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D mammography. HAMH added this relatively new form of technology last fall.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 3-D mammography increases cancer detection. The study reported that there was an increase in the detection all breast cancers and a reduction in the number of women recalled for additional imaging.
The use of 3-D Mammography overcomes the challenge of detecting cancer in overlapping breast tissue by allowing the radiologist to see individual layers of tissue. This allows radiologists to find more cancers and reduce the recall rate. It also improves their ability to see false positives.
“We have been using 3-D Mammography for over a year,” said Kevin Sohn, HAMH Director of Radiology. “The radiologists continue to be very pleased with the detailed images they receive. We have seen a reduction in our patient recalls for additional views.”
The American College of Radiology recommends that women age 40 and older have a yearly mammogram. To schedule a mammogram please contact your health care provider.