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Tomography- Genius™ 3D Mammography

Parkview now is offering three-dimensional imaging with the new Low Dose Genius 3D Mammography system by Hologic, which utilizes tomosynthesis technology.

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The system is designed to allow physicians to get a deeper look into breast tissue by taking multiple images as the X-ray arm swings in an arc across the breast. A computer then converts those images into a thin stack of layers that allow for examination of the tissue one layer at a time.

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Schedule your Genius™ 3D Mammogram

Call our schedulers today at 719.584.1300

You deserve a more accurate mammogram

When breast cancer is found early, the 5-year survival rate is almost 100%.

Benefits

  • A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers
  • A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers.
  • A 15% decrease in the number of women called back for additional imaging.

Facts

  • A woman's chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime is 1 in 8.
  • Almost 8 million women have benefited from a Genius Exam.
  • 8 out of 9 diagnosed women have no family history of breast cancer.

What to expect during your exam

A Genius exam is very similar to a traditional mammogram. Just as with a digital mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast under a paddle and take images from different angles. A Genius 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.

During the Genius exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple breast images in just seconds. Your doctor is then able to view your breast tissue in one millimeter layers. Instead of viewing all the complexities of your breast tissue in one flat image, the doctor can examine the tissue one page or “slice” at a time.

There is no additional compression required with the Genius exam, and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view. The technologist will view the images at a computer workstation to ensure adequate images have been captured for review by a radiologist, who studies them and reports results to either your physician or directly to you.

What is a Genius™ 3D Mammography exam?

A Genius exam is an advanced technology in the fight against breast cancer that allows doctors to examine your breast tissue one layer at a time. The imaging system uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices” for your radiologist to review. A good analogy for a Genius exam is 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. The Genius exam was designed with the same concept in mind.

Very low X-ray energy is used during the screening examination so your radiation exposure is below the FDA guidelines. Combining the Genius exam with digital mammography for screening has been proven to significantly reduce callbacks by up to 40%. In addition, the Genius exam finds cancers earlier than 2D mammography alone, with a 41% increase in invasive cancer detection. The Genius exam may also be used during a diagnostic mammogram if you happen to be called back for this type of exam.

What is the difference between a screening and diagnostic mammogram?

A screening mammogram is your annual mammogram that is done every year. Sometimes, the radiologist may ask you to come back for follow-up images, called a diagnostic mammogram,to rule out an unclear area in the breast, or if there is a breast abnormality that needs to be evaluated. Please call our office to schedule your annual Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exam.

Who can have a 3D mammo and Why a 3D mammo?

A Genius exam is approved for all women who would undergo a standard mammogram.

Multiple clinical studies show that all women, regardless of breast type or density, benefit from a Genius exam.

A Genius exam detects 41 percent more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives by up to 40 percent. This means one simple thing: more accuracy. The Genius exam is the first and only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis exam as approved by the FDA.

The Genius exam allows doctors to see masses and distortions associated with cancers significantly more clearly than conventional 2D mammography. Instead of viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with conventional 2D mammography,fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below.

What about radiation?

Very low x-ray energy is used during the exam, just about the same as a film-screen mammogram. The total patient dose of a Genius exam is within the FDA safety standards for mammography.

Schedule your Genius™ 3D Mammogram

Call our schedulers today at 719.584.1300

Copay is due at the time of appointment. 3D Mammograms are an additional cost of $75. Check with your insurance prior to scheduling to see if your insurance covers 3D mammography.

Rick McManemon

Director of Radiology
719.584.4351

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