Ear­lier Can­cer De­tec­tion

201 Health - - Radiology -

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

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