Mammography

Methodist Fremont Health is excited to offer 3D Mammography exams. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis (3D) technology, these exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

To schedule your mammogram, call (402) 727-3882.

 

In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A 3D exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

During the mammogram an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. No additional compression is required and exam time is the same as a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

3D mammography is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows our radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients.

Large clinical studies have shown:

  • A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast
  • A 29% increase in the detection of all breast
  • A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional

 

Digital mammography at Methodist Fremont Health

Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is viewed and, more importantly, manipulated. The radiologist can magnify the images, increase or decrease the contrast and invert the black and white values while reading the images. These features allow the radiologist to evaluate microcalcifications and focus on areas of concern.

To supplement this technology, Methodist Fremont Health has incorporated digital Computer-Aided Detection (CAD), which highlights characteristics commonly associated with breast cancer. When activated, it flags abnormalities to help the radiologist detect early breast cancer. CAD is, in essence, a second set of eyes to support and enhance the radiologist's judgment.

Digital mammography feels identical to conventional screening from a patient's perspective, though women may notice shorter exam times and a reduction in callbacks to obtain additional images.

The Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) System, which has been shown to increase breast cancer detection rates by 15 percent and up to 15 months earlier, is a part of the standard procedure for reading mammogram results.

Mammograms have proven to be the most effective tool for detecting breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stage. After the mammogram is performed, film is made for the radiologist to review. The film also goes into the CAD, which reads it and forms an opinion. The radiologist compares his opinion to the CAD's and bases his final diagnosis on a "double reading" of results.

Methodist Fremont Health has received the highest rating from the Mammography Quality Standards Act review board.

While screening mammography is very important, women should not overlook the necessity of monthly self-breast exams, as well as yearly exams with her physician.

Mammography hours

8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - Noon on Saturday

To schedule your mammogram, call (402) 727-3882.