Advanced Care to Give You Peace of Mind

Breast cancer can develop at any time, and the earliest, most effective way to detect the disease is with annual mammograms. There have been cases where a woman had a normal mammogram result one year and then the following year, breast cancer was detected. The longer the time between screenings the more time the cancer has to grow, making it harder to treat once it is discovered. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your physician about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram. You breast tissue is three-dimensional. Your mammogram should be, too. That’s why Fisher-Titus Medical Center offers advanced 3-D mammogram technology.

What to Expect

A 3D mammogram is similar to a traditional 2D mammogram. A technologist will position you, compress your breast and take images from different angles. While there is no additional compression with a 3D mammogram, it takes a few seconds longer than a traditional mammogram. Low X-ray energy is used, comparable to the amount used in traditional mammograms. It is well within FDA safety standards.

The technologist will view the images at the computer to be sure they were captured adequately. A radiologist will examine the images and report the results to your physician or directly to you. 

Who is Eligible to Get a 3D Mammogram?

3D mammograms are approved for all women who are able to undergo a standard mammogram, but there may be some cases where a 3D mammogram cannot be performed. Talk to your doctor to understand what is best for your situation.

Screening and Diagnostic Mammograms

A screening mammogram is the regular procedure that is recommended each year beginning at age 40, or 35 if you have a family history.

A diagnostic mammogram is the follow-up testing done if abnormalities were found on your original screening, or if you need to be evaluated due to an issue you’ve detected during a self-exam.

Why Choose 3D over 2D?

3D mammograms can detect 41% more invasive breast cancers, and reduce false positives by nearly 40%. This means more accuracy, and less stress for women.

At Fisher-Titus, our Genius 3D Mammography machine is the first and only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis exam approved by the FDA.

Using the Genius technology enables doctors to view masses and distortions associated with cancer significantly more clearly than traditional 2D mammography. Rather than viewing breast tissue as a flat image—as is done in 2D mammography—3D mammograms show each layer, making details more visible.

Mammograms are considered the gold standard of care for breast cancer screening. If it’s time for you to have one, be sure to discuss it with your physician. For more information on 3-D imaging technology at Fisher-Titus Medical Center or to schedule a mammogram, call 419-668-8101 ext. 6205.

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