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Riverview Physicians for Women Adds 3D Mammography for Breast Imaging

Colonial Heights, VA

January 12, 2016 - Riverview Physicians for Women today announced that it is the latest health care facility to add new state-of-the-art breast imaging technology called 3D breast tomosynthesis for better breast cancer detection. The facility’s True Breast Tomosynthesis solution takes aim at improving breast cancer detection, reducing false-positive findings and cutting patient call backs.

True Breast Tomosynthesis is 3D mammogram technology that is proven to detect breast cancer better than traditional 2D mammography alone. While standard 2D mammograms take an image of the top and bottom side of a patient’s breast, True Breast Tomosynthesis takes 25 images of the breast from many angles as the X-ray tube moves across the breast in a 50-degree arc.

The images are assembled into a 3D study so doctors can see the breast tissue in fine detail. The 3D image allows them to see clearly through breast tissue that may be overlapping, or through the tissue of women with dense breasts. They are better able to detect and diagnose small tumors and rule out abnormalities that may have looked suspicious in the patient’s 2D mammogram.

Clinical data has demonstrated that the addition of digital breast tomosynthesis to a patient’s traditional 2D digital mammogram increases detection of breast tumors. Riverview Physicians for Women chose the True Breast Tomosynthesis option because it gives wide-angle image acquisition that helps physicians see more than traditional 2D mammography alone.

Early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer. When tumors are found earlier, more effective treatment plans can be created. We think this technology can help us save lives.

By reducing the distortion created by tissue overlap or dense breast tissue in 2D mammograms, physicians are better able to target the size, shape and location of a tumor.

Clinical data has demonstrated that the addition of Siemens’ digital breast tomosynthesis to a patient’s traditional 2D digital mammogram increases detection of breast tumors. In clinical practice, this increased diagnostic accuracy also means fewer diagnostic biopsy procedures and fewer anxiety-inducing recalls, which typically contributes to both improved patient outcomes and reduced cost. Riverview Physicians for Women's team completed special training and certification on the True Breast Tomosynthesis technology prior to offering the service publicly.