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DeKalb Medical Brings 3D Mammography to Comprehensive Breast Center

February 22, 2016

DeKalb Medical announces the addition of 3-D mammography to the Comprehensive Breast Center at the North Decatur Campus. The Center will begin offering the new level of service to its patients in March. "Our highly trained staff is excited to offer this option to our patients as we remain committed to the fight against breast cancer,” said Cathy Landerman, manager, Comprehensive Breast Center.

This state-of-the-art technology -- digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) or 3-D mammography -- creates cross-sectional images that give radiologists better visualization of breast tissue. When used in conjunction with 2-D mammography, 3-D mammography can help reduce false positives and improve cancer detection.  “The addition of 3-D mammography truly rounds out our Breast Center,” said Radiologist Gordon Hixson Jr., M.D. “Invasive cancer detection rate may increase up to 40% using this technology.”

3-D mammography is especially helpful for patients with dense breast tissue.  “This is definitely an opportunity for women with complex breast tissue,” Hixson said. “The need to return for additional imaging following a screening mammogram will become less frequent. Call back rates should gradually decrease by 10 to 15%."

The DeKalb Medical Foundation supported the hospital’s purchase of the new 3-D mammography machine and continues to stand by its mission of improving the standard of health in the DeKalb community by raising funds for healthcare initiatives offered through DeKalb Medical.