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Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett Offers 3D Mammography

Oct 15, 2019
Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett is now offering patients Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius 3D exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing. 

In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A Genius exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

A Genius exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

The Genius 3D system is the only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis system for women with dense breasts as approved by the FDA. The new system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows our radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients.

Large clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe have demonstrated the positive benefits of a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam. The largest study to date on breast cancer screening using the Genius exam was published in the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Findings include:

  • A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers.
  • A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers.
  • A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging.
“Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett is committed to the fight against breast cancer,” said Rhonda Wilcox, radiology director. “We are excited to offer the image clarity of 3D mammography to the women of Northeast Shelby County and the surrounding area.”

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Scheduling your mammogram is easy at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett. You can schedule your appointment online from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


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