Holy Cross Hospital Now Offers 3D Mammography(TM) Technology

3D Mammography Unit with Patient and Tech

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (September 18, 2015) – Holy Cross Hospital is now offering the 3D Mammography (TM) brand breast tomosynthesis system for breast cancer, which produces a three-dimensional view of breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer in the United States is the most common cancer in women, regardless of race or ethnicity.  It is the most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women and the second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.

The Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center at Holy Cross HealthPlex utilizes the Selenia® Dimensions® breast tomosynthesis system made by Hologic, a world leader in digital mammography. Studies have demonstrated breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis when combined with a conventional 2D mammography has a 40 percent higher invasive cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone. 

“We believe breast tomosynthesis will benefit all patients undergoing screenings and diagnostic mammographies, while offering the greatest benefit to women with dense breasts,” said Howard Rubinson, MD, Diagnostic Radiologist. 

The tomosynthesis screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram.  During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles.  These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.

According to studies, the tomosynthesis technology gives radiologists increased confidence resulting in an up to 40 percent reduction in recall rates for further testing.  

Mammograms at Holy Cross Hospital using the latest in imaging technology may be scheduled by calling 954-202-0277. To learn more, please contact Linda Hamilton, Patient Navigator, at 954-351-4773.