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The Breast Center at Chilton Hospital Introduces 3-D Mammography
10/29/2013

Dr. Lisa Bash of The Breast Center at Chilton with 3-D mammography equipmentImagine a mammogram that allows physicians to examine breast tissue in a whole new way – one layer at a time.  A mammogram that is so accurate it detects up to 30 percent more cancers while dramatically reducing patient callbacks. A mammogram that is so reliable it has the potential to save more lives than ever before.  

Thanks to a new breast imaging innovation, 3-D mammography, the future of mammography has arrived. And, it’s now available at The Breast Center at Chilton Hospital.

Breast tomosynthesis (3-D mammography), is regarded among experts as the first major advance in breast imaging and breast cancer screening since the development of breast MRI. “This breakthrough vastly improves our ability to find smaller cancers, while also diminishing the need for additional testing,” stated Lisa Bash, M.D., medical director of The Breast Center at Chilton. “It has the potential to change how women receive mammograms and doctors diagnose breast cancer.”

Performed in conjunction with traditional digital mammography, 3-D mammography utilizes an X-ray machine that moves over each breast, in an arc, to capture multiple angles. The high-resolution images are then viewed individually as one millimeter “slices” and in rapid succession to produce a three-dimensional reconstruction of the entire breast. 

“This technique eliminates the visual obstruction of overlapping breast tissue, allowing us to see details with greater clarity and to identify tiny masses or subtle abnormalities that may have been missed with conventional mammography alone,” explained Dr. Bash. 

Mounting evidence suggests that 3-D mammography, used in combination with standard mammography, significantly improves breast cancer detection rates while finding cancers earlier and more accurately pinpointing the size, shape and location of abnormalities. The test also increases the likelihood of detecting multiple tumors, which occur in 15 percent of breast cancer patients.

Another major benefit of 3-D mammography is a substantial reduction in false-positive results – which means fewer patient recalls and fewer diagnostic tests. “That can make a huge difference for our patients, alleviating the stress and anxiety associated with multiple visits and offering greater peace of mind,” asserted Dr. Bash. 

FDA-approved 3-D mammography is valuable for both screening and diagnostic mammography. The technique is safe and non-invasive, adding mere seconds to the length of a standard mammography procedure with a single radiation exposure.

Among the region’s leading breast centers, The Breast Center at Chilton invested more than $500,000 in state-of-the-art 3-D mammography equipment – underscoring its monumental commitment to offering patients the most promising advancements in breast imaging.  Of special note, the purchase was supported by a $27,000 donation from Chilton employees, who chose to fund the project as part of their annual charitable giving.

“For many of our employees, breast cancer is a cause that is personal as well as professional – touching families, friends and co-workers,” added Dr. Bash. “We appreciate their dedication to Chilton and its efforts to improve the health of women in our community. Early detection is still the best weapon in our fight against breast cancer and 3-D mammography will help us diagnose cancers sooner, when patients have the best possible chance for successful treatment and cure.”

The American Cancer Society recommends yearly screening mammograms for all women starting at the age of 40, or earlier for those at higher risk due to genetic tendency, family history and other contributing factors.  It is important for each individual to discuss these guidelines with a physician to develop a personal breast health plan.

For more information about 3-D mammography, or to schedule a mammogram appointment at The Breast Center at Chilton Hospital, please call (973) 831-5200.

About The Breast Center at Chilton Hospital
The Breast Center at Chilton is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. In addition to mammography, the center also provides breast ultrasound, breast MRI, image-guided breast biopsy, bone densitometry and other diagnostic and support services for more than 15,500 patients annually. The facility is staffed by fellowship-trained, board-certified breast imaging radiologists and licensed mammography technicians who specialize in breast health and offer a uniquely personalized level of care.

Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is the first hospital in New Jersey to received Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Chilton recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, The Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. It is also a four-time recipient of the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Stroke, and Five-Star Rated for Stroke Care, the highest possible, for six years in a row. In addition, Chilton is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012 and 2013. Chilton’s many services include a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the MotherBaby Center a weight loss surgery program and minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery. The hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. For more information about Chilton's facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit www.chiltonhealth.org or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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