Mclaren Provides Earlier, More Accurate Detection Of Breast Cancer
New and innovative technology called “Genius 3D Mammography” is the only exam approved by the FDA as superior for women with dense breasts. This newest technology in breast imaging that provides earlier, better detection of breast cancer is now available at the McLaren Imaging Center. The exam has revolutionized how breast cancer is detected by providing a better option for women of all breast densities compared to 2D alone
McLaren recently installed the Genius 3D Mammography system as part of its ongoing commitment to provide the most clinically advanced services for patients. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius 3D 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.
Researchers have found that the Genius 3D Mammography exam finds 20-65 percent more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone, an average increase of 41 percent. Further, the Genius 3D Mammography exam reduces callbacks by up to 40 percent compared to 2D alone.
“The addition of Genius 3D Mammography clearly enhances McLaren’s leadership position in breast imaging,” noted Linda Lawrence, MD, Medical Director of the McLaren Imaging Center. “With this 3D technology, we can see breast tissue much more clearly and detect cancers that are much smaller and at an earlier stage. And, of course, earlier detection means greater survival rates. We are very excited to bring this state-of-the-art technology to our community,”
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 Genius 3D exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect. A Genius exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-dimensional portion of the exam, 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. A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.
Along with bringing the leading-edge imaging technology to patients, McLaren Imaging Center has also introduced an InQuicker program for patients, which features convenient online scheduling for mammography exams. After receiving a physician referral for the exam, patients can visit mclaren. org/flintbreastcenter and make their appointment online. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling McLaren Imaging Center.
McLaren Imaging Center, located at 501 S. Ballenger Hwy., Flint, MI, was the first program in the area to be designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and is also accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.