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Early Detection Matters

Elaine Wells of Albany was preparing for brain surgery to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and she knew she needed to make sure other aspects of her health were taken care of first. That included scheduling her annual mammogram.

When Wells arrived for the mammogram, the imaging she received was the latest 3D technology called tomosynthesis. 

Enhanced Breast Imaging

Samaritan Health Services hospitals offers 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) at all diagnostic imaging locations, as well as other standard mammography services. 

Tomosynthesis creates a 3D image of the breast using X-rays. This exam increases the detection of breast cancers and decreases the number of women asked to return for additional testing. An X-ray arm takes multiple images of each breast from many angles in seconds. The images are sent to a computer where they are displayed as a series of thin slices producing a clear, highly focused 3D image. The overall exam is only a few seconds longer than a 2D exam and makes breast cancers easier to see in dense breast tissue, making breast screening more comfortable, and leads to early detection.