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Submitted photo Pictured above are Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Imaging Service staff members Laura Lightner and Melissa Rogers showing off the new 3D Mammography equipment which has been installed at the Weston healthcare facility. The addition of state-of-the-art Genius 3D Mammography exams will benefit local patients with this breakthrough technology.

WESTON – Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) is pleased to announce the addition of state-of-the-art Genius 3D mammography exams to its Women’s Health program. Millions of women have benefited from this breakthrough exam. The new equipment, together with a new Dexa scan at SJMH will provide patients with important screening tools.

Laura Lightner (R) T, (R) M, the SJMH mammography technologist is happy with the new equipment. She said, “This system is designed to provide higher quality 3D images for radiologists and a more compatible mammography experience for patients and enhanced workflow for technologists and radiologists. We discover sharper images and smarter technologies to help us find and diagnose invasive cancer sooner, regardless of age or breast density. ”

It is suggested that the Genius 3D mammography exam finds 20-65% more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone. Such readings can lead to earlier diagnosis and a greater variety of treatment options available for the patient. Hologic, the parent company, also notes that almost 50% of women over 40 have dense breast tissue that can hide early signs of cancer in a traditional mammogram. Only the Genius exam is FDA approved as superior to 2D mammography for women with dense breasts.

“Early detection is essential in preventing and treating breast cancer… with the addition of the new standard in breast cancer screening, the digital breast tomosynthesis technology (also known as 3D Mammography) at SJMH will allow our team to detect a higher percentage of smaller cancers before they become more invasive resulting in improved long-term outcomes for our patients, ” said Shawn Putman, MBA (RT) SJMH Director of Imaging Services.

Genius 3D Mammography exam is a new tool for mammograms. 2-D mammogram images are only taken from the front and side – which may create images of overlapping breast tissue – while the new screening renders images of the breast in multiple “Slices” from various angles. This makes it easier to find potentially worrisome abnormalities. A study has found that compared to traditional 2D mammograms, 3D mammograms offer fewer false positives and are more effective in women age 65 and older.

The goal for breast cancer screenings is to find cancer before symptoms appear (like a lump that can be felt). Breast cancers found during screening exams are more likely to be smaller and still confined to the breast. The size of a breast cancer and how far it has spread are some of the most important factors in predicting the outlook of a woman with this disease.

According to the American Cancer Society, women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so. Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year. Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue annual screening.

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