New Technology For Mammograms

More accurate way to Detect Breast Cancer
Posted at 6:28 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 23:44:25-04

Margaret Heffernan has had six traditional 2D mammogram tests in the past 8 years with each test detecting possible problems, but thankfully she never had cancer. 

“I've always been fine everything has always turned out completely normal, but you still have those couple of days where it's in the back of your mind and you’re wondering am I really ok and you feel anxious" said Heffernan.           

Heffernan opted for the 3D mammogram this year to reduce the chance of call back to relieve some of the anxiety.       

The 3D test reduces the need for follow up visits, making patients like Heffernan feel relieved after testing.

"I just thought like, wow, sounds great sign me up" said Heffernan.            

The 3D testing was first used about a year ago and doctors say that the 3D test are 40 percent more accurate compared to the traditional 2D mammograms.

"I think we're seeing it more and more everyday and it seems like over half of our screening patients are requesting this" said Dr. Susan Sung, a radiologist with ThedaCare.          

The 2D detection provides two pictures of each breast. The 3D mammogram captures images through one millimeter slices from every angle providing the radiologist with 160 images.

"It's a nice feeling to know that there's less anxiety for the patient" said Sung.              

Patients like Heffernan recommend the new technology to anyone who gets a mammogram.

"I would say it could save you a follow up appointment" said Heffernan.