Washington Radiology Associates first to offer 3D mammography technology
Feb 21, 2012
Washington Radiology Associates (WRA) recently announced it is the first imaging center in the Washington D.C. area to offer 3D mammography images. These help radiologists identify and characterize individuals breast structures easily, providing a more accurate diagnosis.
The 3D imagery, which is known as a tomosynthesis exam, allows the doctors to see any small cancers that may be hidden by overlapping tissues, which are not clear in 2D technology.
"Tomosynthesis provides a 3D image, which can better visualize an area that looked questionable on a traditional 2D mammogram," said Dr. Edward R. Lipsit, breast imaging specialist and president of WRA. "This leads to fewer callbacks and less anxiety for our patients."
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.