SOURCE: Missouri Baptist Medical Center

Missouri Baptist Medical Center

October 02, 2013 12:44 ET

Missouri Baptist Offers 3D Mammograms, Which Have Higher Cancer Detection Rates, for Annual Breast Screenings

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwired - Oct 2, 2013) -  Women who undergo routine mammograms at Missouri Baptist Medical Center now have the option of adding 3D technology to their screening.

Missouri Baptist is the first breast center in the St. Louis area to offer 3D tomosynthesis for breast cancer screening (www.MissouriBaptist.org/3D). Breast tomosynthesis allows radiologists to examine breast tissue in 3D, one layer at a time, versus in 2D where overlapping tissue can make it hard to see early signs of cancer. 

3D mammography has a higher cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone. Radiologists also report that tomosynthesis technology gives them increased confidence in evaluating dense tissue reducing the number of patients called back for additional evaluation. 

During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman's chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. 

"We have used 3D technology in diagnostic mammograms for the past 18 months," said Geoffrey Hamill, MD, chief of mammography at Missouri Baptist. "Our results show tomosynthesis clearly helps us evaluate and detect small cancers not easily seen in dense tissue. We believe screening mammograms with tomosynthesis will be a major benefit for our patients helping us see small cancers sooner and will reduce the number of patients recalled for additional workup of benign findings that are not worrisome.

About Missouri Baptist Medical Center:

Missouri Baptist is a member of BJC HealthCare, and is located in west St. Louis County. Recognized a "Best Hospital in St. Louis" by U.S. News, as one of the "Top 100 U.S. Hospitals" for Surgery and "5-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attacks" by HealthGrades, Missouri Baptist offers a full continuum of medical and surgical services. For a physician referral, please call 314-996-5433.