What is the mammogram process
Mammograms take an x-ray picture of the breast to check for signs of breast cancer in women who have no noticeable symptoms. They also can provide additional information for women who have located a lump or dense tissue that may be questionable.
Detailed or simple screening
Mammography can be performed as a simple screening or more detailed diagnostic. Diagnostic mammography takes longer and provides more views of the breast to help technicians get a better look at a suspicious area. It is generally used when an area of concern has been identified.
Prevention is key
Doctors recommend screening mammography as one of the best ways to catch and treat cancer early, before it has spread. Statistics show that screening mammography has helped significantly reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer, especially among women over 50.
Peace of mind
The biggest disadvantage in using mammography is false positives. At Stark Women’s Center we reduce the possibility of getting a false positive by using Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography which provides both screening and diagnostic mammography for our patients.
Genius 3D Mammography
Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography (Digital Mammography)
Our Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography department is ACR and FDA accredited and utilizes state-of-the-art equipment. Services include screening and diagnostic Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography (digital mammograms) for early breast cancer detection. Only registered, highly trained technologists perform Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography and the mammograms are interpreted by radiologists with specialized training in Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography.
A more accurate way to screen for breast cancer (Source)
Conventional 2D mammograms provide doctors with a 2D image to evaluate the breast. This can be limiting due to overlapping layers of tissue, which can sometimes produce unclear results, false alarms, or worse – cancer being missed.
Genius exams deliver a series of detailed breast images, allowing your doctor to better evaluate your breasts layer by layer. Genius exams are FDA approved, and over 100 clinical studies have shown that by using this technology, doctors are able to screen for breast cancer with much greater accuracy regardless of a woman’s age or breast density.
Greater accuracy means better breast cancer detection and a reduced chance of being called back for additional screenings. And that’s Genius.
Did you know? With the latest low dose software, a Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exam delivers a low dose of radiation, well within FDA guidelines, that is comparable to a 2D mammogram.
Why choose a Genius™ 3d mammography™ exam? Better, earlier breast cancer detection. A greatly reduced chance of callbacks.
Clinical studies show what many doctors and hospitals already know—a Genius exam is a much better way to screen for breast cancer.
What it does: Detects 41% more invasive breast cancers
What it means: For some women, this could mean an earlier diagnosis.
What it does: Reduces callbacks by up to 40%
What it means: For many women, this means being spared the emotional, practical, and economic toll of additional testing, including biopsies, when there could be nothing wrong.
What it does: Benefits women of all ages and breast densities
What it means: Any woman who is due to have a traditional mammogram can elect to have a Genius exam. They are covered and paid for by Medicare, as well as a growing number of private insurers.
The Genius exam is superior to conventional 2D mammograms, which is why many women are switching. Since 2011, over 8 million women in the US have had a Genius exam.
The experience is comparable to a 2D mammogram. With the latest low dose software, the scan takes less than four seconds, and involves a low dose of radiation that’s comparable to conventional 2D exams and well below the safe level set by the FDA.
Did you know? In 2014 alone, more than 200,000 women were diagnosed with an invasive form of breast cancer. That’s why innovative screening technology that allows for better, earlier breast cancer detection is critical.
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