Southern Regional offers 3D Tomosynthesis – three-dimensional mammography
technology – to improve critical patient care for early breast cancer
detection and treatment. The hospital’s True Breast Tomosynthesis
solution takes aim at improving breast cancer detection, reducing false-positive
findings and cutting patient call backs, especially in patients with dense
While standard 2D mammograms take an image of the top and bottom side of
a patient’s breast, 3D tomosynthesis takes approximately 25 images
of the breast from many angles as the X-ray tube moves across the breast
in a 50-degree arc. These images are assembled into a 3D study so doctors
can see the breast tissue in fine detail. It allows them to see clearly
through breast tissue that may be overlapping, or through the tissue of
women with dense breasts. Physicians are better able to detect and diagnose
small tumors and rule out abnormalities that may have looked suspicious
in the patient’s 2D mammogram.
Early detection is critical to surviving breast cancer. By reducing the
distortion created by tissue overlap or dense breast tissue in 2D mammograms,
physicians are better able to target the size, shape and location of a
tumor through the 3D mammogram.
Clinical data has demonstrated that digital breast tomosynthesis increases
detection of breast tumors and increased diagnostic accuracy can mean
fewer diagnostic biopsy procedures and fewer anxiety-inducing recalls,
which will typically contribute to improved patient outcomes. Southern
Regional Medical Center installed the 3D technology to its existing Mammomat
Inspiration mammography platform from Siemens. The facility’s team
completed special training and certification on the True Breast Tomosynthesis
technology prior to offering the service publicly.
3D Mammography option is available at Southern Regional Medical Center’s
Diagnostic Center at 11 Upper Riverdale Road in Riverdale, GA. For more
information or to schedule a 3D mammogram, call 770-991-8144.