Whitman Hospital in Colfax, WA announced Wednesday they will off Hologic 3D Mammography for breast cancer screening as soon as April 2015. 3D mammography produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologist identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.
In a June 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a groundbreaking study was published that found Hologic's 3D mammography (breast Tomosynthesis) screening technology significantly increased breast cancer detection while simultaneously reducing the number of false positives.
The study, "Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography", reviewed close to half a million mammography exams. The researchers found that 3D mammography finds significantly more invasive or lethal cancers than the traditional mammogram. According to the study's results, 3D mammography also reduces the number of women called back for unnecessary screenings due to false alarms. For patients, this reduces anxiety as well as health care costs.
Significant findings include: