Methodist Richardson Medical Center now offers 3-D digital mammography, which has recently been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the detection of breast cancer. This is an especially powerful tool for women who have a family history of breast cancer and dense breasts.Looking for a white golf ball in a snowstorm
“On a routine mammogram, breast tissue is white. The problem is, so is cancer,” says Tom Johnson, MD, radiologist on the medical staff of Methodist Richardson. “If you’re looking for cancer in very dense breast tissue, I liken it to looking for a white golf ball in a snowstorm.”
The new 3-D technology, called tomosynthesis, takes multiple images of the breast at different angles, then reconstructs them in the computer to give the doctor a 3-D view of the breast.
“In 3-D mammography, we can ‘un-overlap’ the tissue to see that there’s nothing there, giving our patients piece of mind,” explains Dr. Johnson.
Early detection is key
We’ve all heard that early detection is critical to fighting cancer, which is why doctors typically recommend annual screening mammograms for women starting at age 40. 3-D mammography makes early detection easier.
“Cancer can take three to five years to grow from something that you can’t feel or see on a routine mammogram to a moderate size or even something that is big enough to spread to another part of the body,” says Dr. Johnson. “To see it on a digital 3-D mammogram is potentially lifesaving.”
Other advantages of 3-D mammography include:
- More precise inspection of the mammography images for earlier detection of small cancers
- Greater accuracy at pinpointing size, shape, and location
- Fewer callbacks for additional imaging, like ultrasound or additional mammography (with traditional mammography, about 8 to 10 percent of patients require a callback)
- Improved imaging for dense tissue.
“At Methodist Richardson, we’ve been looking at this new technology for several years. Once it was approved by the FDA, we went all out to acquire it,” he says. “3-D mammography is an exceptional tool to allow me to do my job better.”
Comprehensive care and compassionate people
The doctors, nurses, and technologists at Methodist Richardson Women’s Imaging care about providing comprehensive screening, and they also care about their patients. That’s why they give you the results of your mammogram screening during your appointment, then share the results with your primary care physician. If you need a follow-up screening, the center has the diagnostic options you need.
The center is staffed with three board-certified radiologists dedicated to breast imaging; a fellowship-trained, minimally invasive breast surgeon; and an oncology nurse navigator.
Special help for high-risk patients
If breast cancer runs in your family, the doctors will compare personal risk factors with national standards and evidence-based medicine data. If the result shows that you’re at high risk for developing breast cancer, the specialized High-Risk Breast Surveillance Clinic steps in to further evaluate your risk factors and put you on a schedule for monitoring.
Recognized for exceptional care
Women’s Imaging at Methodist Richardson has two national accreditations. Methodist Richardson Medical Center has been designated a Certified Quality Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and is fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.
It also has a three-year, full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), which demonstrates the hospital’s commitment to offering patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast cancer and breast disease. Receiving care at an NAPBC-accredited center ensures that patients have access to:
- Comprehensive care, including a full range of technologically-advanced services
- Multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
- Quality breast care close to home.
Schedule a 3-D mammogram
Just call 469-204-2140 and ask to schedule a 3-D mammogram, or click below to schedule your mammogram online today.