Guthrie radiologists have seen a 45% increase in the numbers of breast cancers they are detecting through routine mammograms since introducing 3-D mammography in January at three locations. Dr. Geneva Ballard, Breast Imaging Section Chief spoke to the media this week about this increase.
Every year, 20,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and early detection gives the best possible chance of a cure. This 3-D technology offers a more complex and detailed image for women with denser breast tissues and requires specific expertise and training for accurate reads. Guthrie has one of the largest dedicated teams in the region for mammography, with four fellowship trained radiologists who specialize in breast imaging.
The increase in early breast cancer detection was determined by a side by side review of traditional and 3-D mammography scans. This result mirrors those found in large clinical trials investigating the technology. In addition to the technology used to create the 3-D images, specifically trained and highly specialized radiologists who focus on breast care are a key element in producing this increase.