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AnMed Health Cancer Center 3D Mammography

The fight against breast cancer begins with early and accurate detection. With early detection, the five-year survival rate is almost 100 percent. We believe this is the most exciting breast screening breakthrough in nearly 20 years.

AnMed Health Women's Diagnostic has the most advanced diagnostic tools — like 3D mammography — for early breast cancer detection. 3D mammography is an FDA-approved advanced technology that takes multiple images of the breast tissue to recreate a 3D image. These images are read by one of our board-certified radiologist.

Clinical studies have shown that doctors are able to screen for breast cancer more precisely with this technology.

Benefits of 3D Mammography

Detailed Images - Reveals fine details that are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below.

Better Detection - Provides superior screening for women with dense breast tissue.

Greater Accuracy - Finds 20-65 percent more invasive breast cancers than traditional 2D mammography alone.

Reduced Callbacks - Proven to reduce unnecessary callbacks by up to 40 percent.

3D mammography benefits all women, especially if you:

  • Have dense breast tissue.
  • Have a family history of breast cancer.
  • Are in a high-risk category.

The Exam

Women notice little difference in 3D and traditional 2D screenings. You may also hear 3D called digital breast tomosynthesis or DBT. The same images will be obtained but with a lot more detail and information for the radiologist to see. 3D images render internal breast tissue images that allows the radiologist to view in 1-millimeter slices. This is particularly effective when women have dense breast tissue.

The Care

We provide personalized care to meet the needs of every woman. 3D mammography is a more accurate starting point for all women. The radiology team in mammography at AnMed Health offers four, board-certified, female radiologists. These radiologist have extensive training and experience in women's imaging and intervention.

To schedule an appointment, please call 864.512.5400.

Saving Lives with 3D Mammography

To nearly every woman Pattie Allison meets, she sings the praises of the three-dimensional (3D) mammogram she received at AnMed Health in March 2018. Allison believes that the 3D mammography saved her life.

A tiny malignancy was detected when the radiologist studied the images of her 3D mammogram.

"I have a history of having very dense breasts and fibrocystic breast disease. This malignancy would not have been found without the 3D. It was behind all that density; there would be no way to see it," she said.

Fibrocystic breasts are described as lumpy due to small masses or cysts. This condition affects more than 60 percent of women between the ages of 30 and 50 years old, often occurring after menopause. A lumpy or dense breast is hard to see through. It’s like looking through a frosted glass.

The 3D mammography is able to perform a more detailed reading of the breast tissue. It gives smaller images for the radiologist to read, and it helps them see things that may not be detected with the traditional breast cancer screening methods.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 3D mammography in 2011. It captures multiple cuts of the breast at different angles. The images are brought together to create a clear 3D reconstruction of the breast. The radiologist is then able to review the reconstruction, similar to turning pages of a book.

"It allows us to see the breast tissue layer by layer. It eliminates callbacks by 40 percent," said Rebecca Watt, AnMed Health radiology technologist.

A callback occurs when the mammogram picks up something suspicious and additional imaging or a biopsy is requested by the physician. Fewer than 10 percent of the women called back for additional testing are diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

The 3D mammogram costs a little more than the traditional breast cancer screening. Women are encouraged to call their insurance provider to find out if it is covered. For Allison, it was covered by insurance. Even if it was not covered by insurance, Allison said she would have paid the additional cost.

"It can make all the difference," she said.

Allison underwent a lumpectomy followed by radiation treatment. She will take Anastrozole/Arimidex — a hormone-based chemotherapy — daily for five years to reduce the risk of the cancer returning.

Today, Allison is a breast cancer survivor. She can’t express enough how happy she is that the 3D mammogram caught her breast cancer.

"I was in good hands from the time this started to the time it ended, and I had everything done at AnMed Health," she said.