Digital & 3D Mammography
Digital mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor and transmitted and stored just like a computer file. The key role of mammography is in identifying a site of breast cancer early in its development when it is very small and often a year or two before it is large enough to be felt as a lump. These small cancers have a much better response to treatment and often require much less surgical or drug treatment. Mammography detects approximately two to three times as many "early" breast cancers as physical examination and is the best method for screening for breast cancer.
Jackson Imaging Center uses the iCAD (computer-aided detection) software, which is the latest technology in breast cancer detection. iCAD is computer software that searches your mammogram for any abnormal areas of density, mass or calcification and highlights them for further analysis. In essence, iCAD acts as a second pair of eyes—eyes that can see what the human eye cannot.
3D mammography, also referred to as Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) or tomo, is one of the latest technological innovations in women’s healthcare. It enables images of the whole breast to be taken in slices, and then reconstructed in 3D. With a more complete image of the breast, 3D mammography has been shown to significantly improve cancer detection with a more complete picture of the breast. This technology offered at the Jackson Imaging Center provides physicians with a three-dimensional view of the breast and enables them to see between the breast tissues to help perform a more accurate analysis and search for possible abnormalities.
A 3D mammography exam is similar to a standard mammogram. The main difference is that during the scan, the X-ray tube will move to capture multiple images of the breast from different angles. 3D mammography is performed with the same level of compression and takes approximately the same amount of time as a regular 2D mammogram. This new technology provides a sense of calm with soothing lighting and the rounded shapes of the x-ray tube.
This new mammography technology has redesigned the experience of a mammogram, focused on comfort and precision. Previously, patients would have to hold a hand grip on the machine, which can tense muscles and cause discomfort. During a 3D mammogram, patients can rest their arms on an arm rest and relax the shoulder muscles, which can help simplify compression and captures better images of the breast.
The Jackson Imaging Center is focused on providing the best possible care to all women in a comfortable and relaxing environment. With advanced technology at our side, we strive to make mammograms a better experience while detecting cancer earlier and saving lives.