Sarah’s mom died of breast cancer. Sarah promised her mom she would get a mammogram every year. For years, she has faithfully had a 2D mammogram.
Now, thanks to you, we can offer Tomosynthesis (Tomo), a new 3D tool in mammography that allows for clearer and more detailed evaluation of breast tissue when compared to the current 2D digital technique.
“A couple of years ago I heard about tomosynthesis and thought I would try it,” said Sarah, radiology assistant at Providence Seaside. “As I understood it, Tomo caught 40 percent more cancer at a smaller size which was very exciting for me.”
Sarah went to another provider, since Providence Seaside didn’t have it. “When the mammographer learned I worked in digital imaging and that it was my first 3D mammogram, she took both a 2D image and a 3D image of my breast and showed me both,” explained Sarah, “I cried with joy at the difference.”
Installed in March 2017, the quality of the image in Tomo is very detailed, which can help improve cancer detection rates and decrease callback rates. Radiologists will be able to detect small cancers earlier. Tomo provides greater accuracy in identifying the size, shape and location of any abnormalities. And fewer biopsies and tests are required.
Since the installation of the Tomosynthesis (Tomo) mammography machine, we have seen an increased number of mammograms done at Providence Seaside. Because of the demand for 3D mammograms, the diagnostic imaging department had to add hours to the schedule to accommodate patients.
“I’m so grateful to our donors for bringing this amazing machine to the north coast,” said Sarah.
“I’m so grateful to our donors for bringing this amazing machine to the north coast,”