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New 3D Mammography at Telfair Pavilion in Savannah

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Millions of mammograms are performed in the United States each year.  The majority are with Digital Mammography.  But there are some limitations when detecting lesions in patients with dense breast tissue.
Telfair Pavilion at St. Joseph's/Candler just got ground-breaking technology that's proven to change the way breast cancer is detected and diagnosed.
it's called 3D Tomosynthesis.  
 It's seen as the most   significant advancement in breast imaging in decades. 
"Breast tomosynthesis has also been shown in studies to improve the cancer detection rate by about a third 27% in some reported studies and as much as 40% for small invasive cancers. So it holds great promise for earlier detection of breast cancer," says Telfair Pavilion Medical Director, Dr. John Gouse.
Mammography is useful in the early detection of breast cancer but there are some limitations.
For instance, dense breast tissue or even overlapping of normal tissue can make it difficult to detect lesions.
Dr. Gouse, reads thousands of mammograms each year.
He has relied on finding cancer with Digital Mammography, but is excited that the new 3D Mammography will produce a clearer image-- and cut down on the number of women being called back for a second look.
"With 3D Mammography, those sorts of callback cases should be minimized or reduced. The literature says sometimes up to 40% reduction in the call back rates. So women will not have to return for additional imaging."
 Dr. Gouse wants women to understand the radiation dose with 3D Mammography
"There is a slightly increased dose involved with 3D Mammography because more images are being obtained. However these are low dose images. And the total overall dose, while it's slightly higher than the standard 2 view mammogram, is still within the FDA recommended. It's below the maximum guideline dose, so it is safe to do."
Appointments start November 25th. 
Call (912) 819-6800 to make an appointment.


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