With the latest low dose software, a Genius™ 3D TOMOGRAPHIC MAMMOGRAPHY™ exam delivers a low dose of radiation, well within FDA guidelines, that is comparable to a 2D mammogram.
Genius exams deliver a series of detailed breast images, allowing your doctor to better evaluate your breasts layer by layer. Genius exams are FDA approved, and over 100 clinical studies have shown that by using this technology, doctors are able to screen for breast cancer with much greater accuracy–regardless of a woman’s age or breast density.
Digital Tomography vs. Film Mammography
The study showed that digital tomography (AKA Genius 3D Mammography) was significantly better than film mammography in screening women who were under age 50, or women of any age who had very dense breasts. Digital tomography allows improvement in image storage and transmission because images can be stored and sent electronically.
Secondary goals measuring the relative cost-effectiveness of both digital and film technologies, and the effect on participant quality of life due to the expected reduction of false positives are still being assessed and will be reported at a later date.
Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990, and these decreases are believed to be the result, in part, to earlier detection and improved treatment.
The Benefits of Digital Tomography
Unlike other parts of the body, the breast is composed mainly of soft tissue. When breast tissue is x-rayed, it creates an image that looks something like a smoky haze, making it difficult to see tiny “spots,” called microcalcifications, and other subtle signs of early cancer.
With digital mammography, the radiologist reviews electronic images of the breast, using special high-resolution monitors. The physician can adjust the brightness, change contrast, and zoom in for close ups of specific areas of interest. Being able to manipulate images is one of the main benefits of digital technology.
Another convenience of digital mammography over film-based systems is it can greatly reduce the need for retakes due to over or under exposure. This potentially saves additional time and reduces your exposure to x-rays.
Because they are electronic, digital mammography images can be transmitted quickly across a network. Digital images can also be easily stored, copied without any loss of information, and transmitted and received in a more streamlined manner, eliminating dependence on only one set of “original” films.