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St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital One of the First to Offer 3D Mammography
Latest in Breast Cancer Screening Available at the Hinks & Elaine Shimberg Breast Center

TAMPA, Fla. (September 26, 2012) – Tomosynthesis, the latest screening and diagnostic technology, is now available at the Hinks and Elaine Shimberg Breast Center at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital.

“It is the best mammogram that’s available,” said Shimberg Breast Center Radiologist Tracy Halme, M.D. “We’re thrilled to be offering this state-of-the-art technology at our brand new breast center.” The Shimberg Breast Center is one of the first women’s centers in the United States to offer three dimensional tomosynthesis for breast cancer screening.

Women who undergo routine mammograms are excited to learn that tomosynthesis offers exceptionally sharp breast images and through a groundbreaking three-dimensional platform designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance.

“We now have even better technology available to help us find cancer earlier,” said St. Joseph’s Director of Radiology Michael Hance. “With tomosynthesis we have the best chance possible to detect even the smallest area of concern.”

Breast tomosynthesis is revolutionary because it gives radiologists the ability to identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.

This means radiologists can see breast tissue better and rule out abnormalities that looked suspicious in 2D, so patients won’t have to return for additional imaging or unnecessary biopsies. The radiologist can see the exact size and shape of a lump or tumor.

More good news? Tomosynthesis is a software upgrade on the same scanner utilized for mammography at the Shimberg Breast Center, so patients won’t feel additional discomfort. They may not even notice a difference during their screening, but the biggest difference will be that they will leave with peace of mind, ruling out even the smallest abnormality.

By offering women the latest technology in mammography, St. Joseph’s hopes to increase the number of women who will be routinely screened. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent.

“St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer,” said Hance. “With 3D breast tomosynthesis digital mammography, we come to battle with an even better weapon against this disease.”

Call (813) 872-2973 to schedule your 3D mammogram or for more information about this important breast health procedure.

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