According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. Mammography is the most effective screening tool available to identify breast cancer. The Mayo Clinic recommends women receive mammograms annually from age 40 onward. At Mammoth Hospital, our duty is to ensure that we are providing patients with the best and most accurate reading with each mammogram.
Thanks to an amazing set of donors including The Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Rusty Gregory, and a group of independent donors we call “The Friends of Mammoth Hospital”, Mammoth Hospital is in the process of acquiring the most advanced tool in the battle against breast cancer– a 3D Tomosynthesis machine.
A traditional mammogram presents a flat image, whereas tomosynthesis captures images of the breast tissue from multiple angels, allowing radiologist to study layers of the image and better identify any irregularities. Using this 3D image, radiologists are better able to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage, therefore increasing the likelihood of effective intervention.
Additionally, tomosynthesis is better able to distinguish between healthy dense tissue that creates shadows on traditional X-rays which is often confused with cancerous masses. In making this distinction, the use of tomosythesis technology reduces the risk of a false positive. This avoids a patient being called back for additional imaging tests, reducing exposure to unnecessary anxiety, costs, and radiation. Furthermore, the enhanced reading of 3D tomosynthesis improves the accuracy of recommendations to have or forgo a biopsy.
Mammoth Hospital’s is in the process of purchasing Hologic’s 3D Performance Selenia Dimensions system, the highest resolution breast tomosynthesis system available on the market. The machine will be available to the public starting this November!
Know the Signs
Call your doctor if you notices any of the following changes:
- A lump in or near your breast or armpit
- Thick or firm tissue in or near your breast or armpit
- Changes in the breast size or shape
- Fluid from the nipple
- Changes in the way your nipple looks
- Skin changes such as redness, sores, or dimples
- New pain in one spot that does not go away
The odds of beating breast cancer increase greatly if you catch it early. Contact your doctor immediately if anything seems out of the ordinary. Make an appointment with one of our Family Medicine providers today by calling (760) 934-2551.