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Mammography

This is an X-ray technique that creates an image of the breast, which may reveal changes in the breast, before a woman or her doctor can discover them. Most experts agree that a woman should have an annual mammogram starting at the age of 40. Moreover, your doctor may recommend a baseline mammogram at age 35, or earlier, if you have a family history of breast cancer. This recommendation may vary depending on your past medical and family history. Doctors may also use mammography, or other imaging techniques, to evaluate lumps found during a breast exam. While most of these lumps are not dangerous, it is important to completely evaluate such findings. Female Board-Certified Mammography Technologists perform mammograms in a private suite within the Radiology Department.

Fort Madison Community Hospital is excited to offer the latest in breast cancer screening advances, Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams, developed by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health.   Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal,Mammography - FMCH leading to unnecessary callbacks. A Genius exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

A Genius exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-DIMENSIONAL portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

The Hologic system is the only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis system as approved by the FDA. The new system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows our radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients.

Large clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe have demonstrated the positive benefits of a Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exam. The largest study to date on breast cancer screening using the Genius exam was published in the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  Findings include:

• A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers.
• A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers.
• A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging.

FMCH is committed to the fight against breast cancer. “Fort Madison Community Hospital is leading the way in breast cancer detection by investing in the latest screening technology, 3D Mammography.  As a Radiologist, this allows me to provide my patients with the highest quality of care that leads to better results, while reducing unnecessary stress that false positives or additional tests raise,” expressed Dr. Pil Kang.

If you would like to schedule a Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exam, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact FMCH Radiology, 319-376-2040.

About Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ Exams
The breast is a three-dimensional object composed of different structures located at different heights within the breast. These structures can overlap and cause confusion when viewed as a flat two-dimensional image. This confusion of overlapping of tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. Using breast tomosynthesis technology, the Hologic system creates a 3-dimensional image of the breast structure, which enables radiologists to more clearly see through overlapping tissue to detect cancers, often at an earlier stage.

The Hologic system is the first FDA-approved breast tomosynthesis system in the U.S. Hologic Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams are now available in all 50 states and over 50 countries. To date, more than 8 million women have been screened with this advanced screening system.

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