Willis-Knighton Breast Center has announced the launch of a technology initiative that will bring advanced 3D breast imaging throughout the health system. This 3D mammography will be phased in at outpatient locations, beginning with the WK Portico Breast Center in October, WK Bossier Medical Pavilion in November and Willis-Knighton South Breast Center in December. It will be available throughout the health system by mid-2015.
As each location is introduced in 2014, Willis-Knighton Breast Centers will offer the 3-D mammogram at no additional cost to the patient. To accommodate additional patients, longer hours will be provided.
This mammography technology manufactured by Hologic, a world leader in breast cancer diagnostic technology, offers 3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis. A 3D mammogram is performed in conjunction with a 2D digital mammogram to provide a series of 1 millimeter visual “slices,” allowing breast tissue to be viewed layer by layer. Using the 3D technology adds no more than a few seconds to the mammogram experience but provides a wealth of information to the radiologist reading the exam.
“We are pleased to offer this exceptional technology to women in our community,” said Joyce Hooper, administrative director of radiology for Willis-Knighton Health System. “This is another way we demonstrate that we are committed to providing patients in our area with superior technology in multiple locations. This 3-D mammography is a true benefit to women and will save lives.”
Hooper indicated that, when compared to 2D mammography, 3D mammography offers:
- Earlier detection of even small cancers, when they are easier to treat
- Less need for call-backs or biopsies
- Clearer images of dense breast tissue
Studies reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the American Journal of Roentgenology indicate that this technology finds more invasive cancers and reduces unnecessary call-backs for additional studies. When breast cancer is detected early, before it has spread, the five-year survival rate is 98%. For women 40 and older, an annual mammogram is the best way to find breast cancer early.