Boynton Beach, FL – Bethesda Women’s Health Center is one of the first women’s centers in Florida to offer 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) for breast cancer screening. Breast tomosynthesis produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.
Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis when combined with a conventional 2D mammography has a higher cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone.¹ Tomosynthesis technology gives radiologists increased confidence with a significant reduction in recall rates.²
“We believe breast tomosynthesis will benefit all screening and diagnostic mammography patients, and is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, those who have dense breast tissue and/or women with a personal history of breast cancer,” says Carol A. Adami, M.D., Board Certified Radiologist and Medical Director of Bethesda Women’s Health Center.
The tomosynthesis screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram. 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.³
“We are pleased to offer our patients the latest innovations in breast imaging technology and breast cancer detection,” adds Dr. Adami.
Bethesda Women’s Health Center is committed to the fight against breast cancer. If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please call 561-374-5300 or visit www.BethesdaWeb.com.
The center’s Selenia® Dimensions® breast tomosynthesis system is made by Hologic, a world leader in digital mammography. The Selenia Dimensions system offers exceptionally sharp breast images, an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort, and the ground-breaking tomosynthesis platform designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance.
Bethesda Healthcare System
Founded in 1959, Bethesda Healthcare System is a nonprofit healthcare organization serving the medical needs of South Palm Beach County with a mission to provide quality health services in a caring manner. As the flagship of Bethesda Healthcare System, Bethesda Memorial Hospital is a 401-bed hospital with more than 550 physicians in more than 40 areas of specialty on its medical staff. Bethesda Memorial Hospital and its affiliates offer a full array of healthcare services, including general, vascular and endovascular surgery, maternity, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, women’s health services and the Bethesda Comprehensive Cancer Center, an Affiliate of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. The Bethesda Heart Hospital, a 39-bed, all private room facility, provides the most comprehensive level of cardiovascular services and is ranked among the top heart hospitals nationwide by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Bethesda Healthcare System is building an 80-bed community hospital on the northeast corner of Boynton Beach Boulevard and US-441. The new Bethesda Hospital West will open in January 2013. Visit us at www.BethesdaWeb.com.
¹ Skaane P, Gullien R, Eben EB, et. al. Reading time of FFDM and tomosynthesis in a population-based screening program. Radiological Society of North America annual meeting. Chicago, Il, 2011.
² Hologic, Inc. FDA PMA submission P080003.
³ Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011, American Cancer Society.