Thursday, August 11, 2016

Early Detection is the Best Protection!

Mammograms: Early Detection is the Best Protection!
3D Mammography with C-View™ is available at all Zwanger-Pesiri breast imaging centers on Long Island.

It is estimated that by the end of 2016, there will be over 246,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women across the United States.  One of the most important things that a woman can do to protect herself and ensure early detection is to schedule a yearly mammogram.  Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, along with The American College of Radiology (ACR), The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), recommends that women start receiving these exams at age 40.  It is believed that if women who are currently in their thirties follow these recommendations, up to 100,000 lives could be saved.  

While any annual mammogram increases the likelihood of catching suspicious growths early, Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology encourages every woman to receive a 3D mammogram (also known as a breast tomosynthesis scan).  This exam is essentially the same as a conventional 2D mammogram, but can detect breast cancer 15 months earlier.  3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis) has also been found to detect up to 41% more invasive breast cancers.  The benefits of 3D mammography are available to patients at no additional radiation exposure thanks to new software. 

Hologic C-View™ software provides the 3D mammography exam with up to 40% less radiation than a traditional combination view, which uses both 2D and 3D images to form an accurate diagnosis.  To do this, C-View™ takes the images from a 3D mammogram and instantly renders them into 2D versions.  This provides the radiologist with two sets of images from one exam.  The amount of radiation that a patient is exposed to during a 3D mammogram with C-View™ software is equivalent to a standard 2D mammogram alone. 3D Mammography with C-View™ is available at all Zwanger-Pesiri breast imaging centers on Long Island.

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology is a Diagnostic Center of Imaging Excellence. The DICOE program represents the pinnacle of medical imaging care and is an achievement that goes beyond accreditation to recognize the highest-quality imaging practices and diagnostic care.