Your next mammogram could be three-dimensional (but leave your funny movie glasses at home).
3-D mammography, or breast tomosynthesis, is the latest break-through in breast cancer detection – and Edward is one of the few centers in the western suburbs to offer it.
A 3-D mammogram provides a more accurate view of the breast, allowing doctors to effectively locate the size, shape and location of abnormalities in the breast. It provides a clear view of dense tissue so doctors can detect small cancers hidden within the layers of a breast. Tomosynthesis reduces the number of false positives, and decreases the need for additional tests and biopsies.
VIDEO: Detecting breast cancer with 3D mammography.
"Tomosyntehsis gives the patient a greater peace of mind. It helps us detect breast cancers earlier, when they are easier to treat," says Darius Gilvydis, medical director of breast imaging at Edward Hospital.
A 3-D mammogram takes about the same amount of time as a traditional mammogram. Multiple images are taken and recreated into a 3-D format.
Early detection saves thousands of lives each year, and while there is no sure-fire way to prevent breast cancer, getting regular mammograms and breast exams can find breast cancer at its earliest stages.
The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms for women age 40 and older. Clinical breast exams and routine self-exams are also important detection tools. Edward's Breast Aware free on-line assessment is another way to learn more about your risk factors. Visit www.edward.org/breastaware.
In addition to 3D mammography, Edward offers digital mammography in six convenient locations, including Edward Hospital in Naperville, and convenient outpatient locations in Naperville, Plainfield, Bolingbrook and Oswego.
Remember October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an important time to learn more about the disease and take steps for early detection.