Hologic 3D mammography at Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology significantly increases cancer detection

2 Oct 2015 General

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For immediate release – Sept. 30, 2015

Hologic 3D mammography at Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology significantly increases cancer detection


Appleton, Wis. – Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology is excited to offer Hologic 3D Mammography for breast cancer screening. 3D mammography produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.

“We believe Hologic 3D mammography will benefit all screening and diagnostic mammography patients, and is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, those who have dense breast tissue and/or women with a personal history of breast cancer,” said Kevin Bradford, FVHO chief executive officer.

The Hologic 3D mammography screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram. During a 3D mammography exam, multiple low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.

By offering women the latest and more accurate technology in mammography, FVHO expects to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

FVHO is committed to the fight against breast cancer, and in offering Hologic 3D mammography aims to provide the latest in imaging technology. Those who would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about this important breast health procedure are welcome to call FVHO’s Diagnostic Center at (920) 749-1171.

In the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a groundbreaking study was published that found Hologic’s 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) screening technology significantly increased cancer detection while simultaneously reducing the number of false positives.

The study, “Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography, that reviewed close to half a millionmammography exams, was led by Sarah M. Friedewald, M.D. of the Caldwell Breast Center, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. The researchers found that 3D mammography finds significantly more invasive or lethal cancers than a traditional mammogram. According to the study’s results, 3D mammography also reduces the number of women called back for unnecessary screenings due to false alarms. That reduces anxiety, as well as healthcare costs.

Significant findings include:

  • A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers. (p<.001)
  • A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers. (p<.001)
  • A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging. (p<.001)
  • A 49% increase in Positive Predictive Value (PPV) for a recall. (p<.001)
  • A 21% increase in PPV for biopsy. (p<.001)
  • No significant change in the detection of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).

This study, using Hologic 3D mammography systems, involved 13 U.S. breast-screening sites and 139 radiologists.

The center’s Selenia® Dimensions® 3D mammography system is made by Hologic, a world leader in digital mammography. The Selenia Dimensions system offers exceptionally sharp breast images, an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort, and the groundbreaking Hologic 3D Mammography platform designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance for all breast types. 

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Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology provides the most advanced cancer care in northeast Wisconsin. With 21 physicians and advanced practice nurse practitioners, along with more than 130 nurses and support staff, Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology partners with patients and families in their fight against cancer and blood diseases. Established in 1990, Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology is THE provider of cancer care in northeast Wisconsin.

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