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3D Mammography

Breast Health Services in Sandusky, MI

Screening mammography is well established as the best, most effective tool available for the early detection of breast cancer. With earlier, quicker detection, providers can provide a more accurate prognosis and an increase in the chance of beating cancer.

McKenzie Health System has invested in the most current technology and has purchased a 3D Mammography Machine along with ProFound AI, an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based computer detection software, which assists in analyzing images of the breast tissue to identify suspicious areas that could be cancerous. This technology from iCAD runs on an algorithm trained to detect malignant soft-tissue densities and calcifications. The results, including scoring of findings, helps radiologists determine if a suspicious finding or case needs further testing.

If the radiologist detects a suspicious area, our mammographers can provide Contrast Enhanced Spectral Mammography (CESM), which is a study performed after an IV injection is administered. Malignant masses are highlighted with the IV contrast and are easy to see.

Our 3D mammography machine provides:

  • Superior diagnostic accuracy: Integrated 3D mammography provides exceptionally sharp and detailed images for breast cancer detection and diagnosis.
  • Earlier diagnosis: Overlapping tissue can hide small cancers in a 2D scan. However, with 3D mammography, the image “slices” can be analyzed one by one. This means 3D mammography may help detect cancers earlier than conventional mammography.
  • Better detection in dense breast tissue: Dense breast tissue, often found in younger women, can cause shadows due to overlapping tissue, which hides tumors from traditional 2D mammography. 3D mammography takes images of the breast from multiple angles, thereby offering a cutting-edge look through and around breast tissue.
  • Finds more cancers and reduces the number of false positives: A false positive is when a mammogram shows an abnormal area that looks like a cancer but turns out to be normal. Ultimately, the news is good: no breast cancer. But the suspicious area usually requires follow-up with more than one doctor, extra tests, and extra procedures, including a possible biopsy.
  • Reduces anxiety: There are psychological, physical, and economic costs that come with a false positive. 3D mammography can help reduce false alarms. The improved accuracy in diagnosing abnormal structures offered by a 3D view of the breast decreases the number of unnecessary callbacks to women for additional scans and biopsies. ProFound Artificial Intelligence (AI). This technology from iCAD runs on an algorithm trained to detect malignant soft tissue densities and calcifications. The results, including scoring of findings, helps radiologists determine if a suspicious finding or case needs further testing.
  • Safer: Uses the same dose of radiation as 2D mammography, the lowest patient dose of all FDA approved digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) systems.
  • Reduces discomfort: Offers improved positioning, elegant lighting, and gentle, rounded shapes. In a recent survey, 86% of women found the Senographe Pristina mammography exam to be comfortable.

Ask the Right Questions About 3D Mammograms

To be proactive about your healthcare, make sure you are asking the following three questions when calling to schedule a mammogram:

  1. Does this facility offer 3D mammograms?
  2. Does this facility apply Artificial Intelligence to the images to assist in locating abnormalities?
  3. Does this facility provide Contrast Enhanced Spectral Mammography if needed?