A state grant provided by State Senator Patty Ritchie is allowing Oswego Health to purchase a digital breast tomosynthesis. This equipment is also known as three-dimensional mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT).
OSWEGO – Oswego Health has installed the latest mammography technology at the Oswego Health Services Center offering peace of mind, thanks to grant funding.
The equipment is an advanced form of mammography that uses a low-dose x-ray system and computer reconstructions to create three-dimensional images of the breasts.
The 3D technology improves the accuracy of mammography and clarifies areas of overlapping tissue.
Using tomosynthesis, the breast is compressed as in a mammography exam, but with less pressure.
The x-ray tube moves in a circular arc around the breast providing one millimeter slices that produce greater visibility to see tissue details..
The benefits include:
• The 3D mammography exam provides better, earlier breast cancer detection compared to 2D alone
• The equipment finds between 20 and 65% more invasive breast cancers than 2D alone
• Reduces unnecessary callbacks by up to 40%
“Breast tomosynthesis is an excellent technology that allows doctors to view the breasts in thin sections as though they are interpreting a CT as compared to a standard x-ray/mammogram,” said Oswego Health Chief Radiologist Matthew Westpfal, MD. “This allows for substantially increased resolution and detection of abnormalities when examining dense breasts.”
To make an appointment, please call 315-349-5540.