The Next Generation of Breast Cancer Detection
The Difference with DOCs Tomo
In order to improve early and accurate detection, DOCs is now offering the next generation of breast cancer detection called Tomosynthesis. This state of the art technology is 3D as opposed to the standard 2D mammogram and is proven to be 43% more effective in detecting breast cancer. But at DOCs Tomo we are taking an additional step to ensure our patients receive the most comprehensive screening available. Our patients receive not only the most advanced 3D mammography, but also a breast ultrasound to help our radiologist see disease the first time. For patients with insurance there is no out of pocket expense. If you do not have insurance we offer the lowest self pay rates available.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women and perhaps the most feared. This is why we are now offering the most comprehensive breast screening available. Research proves to treat breast cancer you must find it and find it early to improve treatment options and survival.
Today’s gold standard in breast cancer screening is 2D mammography. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always deliver clear results. Traditional 2D mammograms are even less accurate if a women has dense breast tissue or when breast tissue overlaps. This can result in unclear images that leave health providers unsure of what they see, and can lead to cancers being missed. It can also lead to additional screenings and procedures that are unnecessary.
Unlike 2D mammography, DOCs 3D Tomosynthesis takes many x-ray pictures of each breast from many angles that are not available in traditional mammography. The x-ray tube moves in a 50-degree arc around the breast, taking 25 images during the exam. Images are then sent to a computer, where they are assembled into a 3-dimensional picture of the breast. The result is a clearer image that helps health providers detect tumors better than standard 2D mammography alone, with fewer recalls.
Seeing is believing….to the left you see the image of a 57 year old woman’s breast tissue. The standard 2D image is on the left. The suspicious tissue in the 2D image may be seen but would need further exams such as a breast ultrasound or breast MRI to further reveal disease. With Tomosynthesis, the disease is clear the first time.
We introduced wide-angle Tomosynthesis as an adjunct to 2D mammography because we want women and their families to be sure. We love its wide-angle imaging and the clarity it offers our doctors. We think it can save lives because it leaves breast cancer with no place to hide.