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Hoag Breast Care Center First in California to Offer 3D Mammography
Date:9/21/2011

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian announced today that Hoag Breast Care Center is the first breast care center in California and one of only a handful in the United States to offer 3D digital breast tomosynthesis for breast cancer screening. This revolutionary technology promises to improve breast cancer detection, especially in young women and women of any age with radiographically dense breast tissue. Women who undergo routine mammograms at Hoag Breast Care Center now have the latest screening technology available to them.

Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is an FDA-approved 3D imaging modality that gives radiologists the ability to identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue, the Achilles heel of 2D digital mammography.  Breast tomosynthesis is especially beneficial for women with dense breasts. Dense breast tissue can obscure an underlying cancer, or conversely mimic a cancer when none exists. Approximately 15 to 20 percent of breast cancers cannot be detected using traditional 2D mammography, especially in women with dense breast tissue.

"It's a major milestone to be the first breast center in California to provide patients with digital breast tomosynthesis," said Gary M. Levine, M.D., director of breast imaging at Hoag Breast Care Center and one of the nation's leading experts in breast tomosynthesis. "At Hoag we have been involved with the development and testing of tomosynthesis since 2009. Recent reader studies have confirmed digital breast tomosynthesis to be superior to conventional mammography alone at finding early breast cancer. Tomosynthesis will allow us to discover more early stage breast cancers, and early detection translates to lives saved."

During a tomosynthesis exam, 15 digital "projection" images are captured as it arcs over the breast, during a short four-second scan. These images are then digitally r
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