OKLAHOMA CITY - When one patient recently visited the Mercy Breast Center in Oklahoma City for her annual mammogram, new 3D technology detected a small, 8-millimeter mass that would have previously gone undetected using traditional 2D mammography.
Dr. Rebecca Stough, a radiologist at Mercy Breast Center in Oklahoma City, said using 3D technology means they can diagnose cancer earlier when it is small enough that it is not life threatening.
Without the use of 3D mammography, the patient’s cancer would not have been visible on the 2D mammogram for another year.
Mercy offers 3D mammography, which is low-dose digital breast tomosynthesis technology, as an optional service for patients. This technology can offer better visualization for radiologists, resulting in few callbacks and less anxiety for patients.
Although this technology is available to patients, 2D mammograms are still the gold standard for early detection of breast cancer and have been proven to reduce mortality rates due to breast cancer in all age groups beginning at age 40.
To schedule a mammogram, call the Mercy Breast Center in Oklahoma City at (405) 752-3500.