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Advanced 3D Mammography Gives Clearer View of Breast Tumors at Texas Health Fort Worth|
FORT WORTH, Texas — A new breast imaging technology at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth that creates a digital three-dimensional image of the breast is improving the way doctors screen for potential breast cancers, especially for women with dense breast tissue.
Texas Health Fort Worth is the first hospital in Tarrant County to offer digital breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography. The technology takes pictures of the breast in layers, generating 15 discrete images of the breast from different angles. The computer system uses these images to create a tomogram, showing the tissue as three-dimensional layers.
Standard mammography is a two-dimensional X-ray of the breast, relying on the contrast of tumors and adjacent normal breast tissue. In women with dense breast tissue, deadly tumors can hide in the shadows of overlapping tissue. According to the American College of Radiology Imaging Network, 40 percent of women undergoing screening mammograms have dense breasts.
“For our high-risk patients and women with dense breast tissue, breast tomosynthesis is an improvement over digital mammography,” said Dr. Robin Skrine, medical director of the breast health program at Texas Health Fort Worth. “A few years ago, digital mammography was the latest and greatest. We thought those images were really clear and gave us a lot of information. The images we get from 3D mammography go far beyond that.”
Benefits of 3D mammography include:
“Breast tomosynthesis should help us find cancer smaller and at earlier stages,” said Lesley Kibel, manager of the Kupferle Comprehensive Breast Center at Texas Health Fort Worth. “We hope this technology will help us improve outcomes for women in North Texas.”
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