Digital 3D Mammograms
Early breast cancer detection with Digital 3D mammography saves lives.
No one wakes up in the morning, excited for their mammogram. Oftentimes,
we do things in life because it’s good for us, not because we want
to, but thankfully, the benefits of Genius 3D mammography far outweighs
its inconvenience. One appointment during your day has the potential to
save your life. Digital 3D mammograms are the most effective screening
method for breast cancer, and early detection can increase the chance
of your survival.
What is 3D mammography?
Genius 3D mammography is an advanced imaging technology system that moves
in an arc around the breast to take low-dose X-ray pictures from many
angles in seconds. A computer then reconstructs those images into thin
cross-sections, or slices, of each breast making it easier to see layers
of breast tissue, allowing for better early detection and diagnosis of
breast diseases in women.
What’s the difference between 3D mammography and regular, 2D mammograms?
Digital 3D mammography exam results are more accurate than 2D alone, detecting
20-65% more invasive breast cancers. A 3D mammogram can be especially
helpful in detecting cancer in women with dense breasts – defined
as breasts made up of more glandular and fibrous connective tissues than
fatty tissues – but women of all ages and breast densities still
benefit from 3D mammography accuracy.
What can I expect during a 3D mammogram?
Having a digital 3D mammogram is essentially the same experience as having
a conventional 2D mammogram. It requires no additional breast compression,
and it takes just a few seconds longer to complete. In general, digital
mammograms are non-invasive, painless exams. They involve a very low dose
of radiation, the benefits of which far outweigh any potential risks.
What if I don’t want a 3D mammogram?
2D mammograms are also still an option and available at all our breast
imaging and diagnostic locations.
How can I schedule a digital 3D mammogram?
If you’re ready to schedule a mammogram, contact your physician’s
office. If you already have a physician’s order for a mammogram,
call to schedule your appointment at one of our below breast imaging and
Healthy Partners Article
Breast Screening With innovative Technology
Healthy Partners, Winter 2020
Southeast Georgia Health System recently upgraded all of its mammography
units with the state-of-the-art Genius® 3D Hologic technology. This
means women who schedule their breast cancer screenings at a Southeast
Georgia Health System facility in Brunswick or St. Marys can now choose
to have a 3D mammogram.