Earlier Cancer Detection
At many Bergen County hospitals, diagnostic imaging is making an even greater impact in the early detection and diagnosis of cancer. The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood was the first hospital in northern New Jersey to offer the latest in breast imaging technology: 3D breast tomosynthesis. Also known as 3D mammography, the technology has improved the rate of breast cancer detection and reduced the instances of false-positive findings. Breast tomosynthesis generates a 3D image of the breast to provide physicians with a clearer look at the overlapping structures of breast tissue.
The more comprehensive view increases a physician’s ability to detect and diagnose small tumors, and helps radiologists rule out abnormalities that may have looked suspicious in a twodimensional mammogram so that patients don’t need to return to the hospital for unnecessary additional imaging or biopsies.
“The biggest impact is that we’re able to improve is our detection of breast cancer at its earliest stages,” Dr. Jaclyn Calem-Grunat, director