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First Large-Scale U.S. Study Validates the Benefits of 3D Mammography (Breast Tomosynthesis) Exams
Date:5/23/2013

stration (FDA) Advisory Panel reviewing the technology for approval in the U.S. in 2010.

As medical director at TOPS and president of Houston Breast Imaging (HBI), Dr. Rose was instrumental in establishing Houston's first breast imaging centers to offer 3D mammography technology. Dr. Rose and HBI, a group of 13 board certified specialists dedicated to breast radiology, have since added this technology in four Houston TOPS breast centers and five Memorial Hermann breast clinics. TOPS and Memorial Hermann Centers in conjunction with HBI have performed more than 60,000 3D mammography screening exams, the largest experience in Texas and one of the largest in the country.

"We are finding cancerous breast tumors as small as two to three millimeters," Dr. Rose said. "We are finding cancer earlier and this will allow us to reduce the amount of treatment patients need."  Dr. Rose projects that as 3D mammography becomes the standard breast cancer screening tool the size of tumors found will get smaller and accuracy of deciding between benign and cancerous tumors will improve.

"We can transform lives of women by making 3D mammography the standard breast cancer screening tool," said Karen T. Stall , founder of the Karen T. Stall Research Breast Institute which provided some of the funding for the research and purchase of 3D equipment.

"Findings in Dr. Rose's paper demonstrate that 3D mammograms overcome many limitations of conventional mammography, namely missed cancers and unnecessary recalls," said Peter Soltani , PhD., Hologic Senior Vice President and General Manager, Breast Health. Hologic is the manufacturer of the equipment used in the Dr. Rose study.

TOPS Comprehensive Breast Center, affiliated with TOPS Surgical Specialty Hospital, was recently named a BreastImaging Center of Excellence by American College of Radio
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