3D mammography technology available at St. Francis Hospital

From staff reports:

Franciscan Health System has introduced 3D mammography as part of its comprehensive and advanced breast care services for women in South Puget Sound.

The new technology, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (or tomo), improves the early detection of breast cancer by up to 30 percent and reduces the need for additional breast screenings.

Traditional 2D digital mammography continues to be the standard of care for breast screenings. The new 3D mammography technology combines with conventional 2D mammography to provide an enhanced 3D image of the breast.

“3D mammography will soon become the standard of care for women in Pierce and South King counties,” said Khai Tran, MD, Medical Director at Carol Milgard Breast Center and Franciscan’s Women’s Health and Breast Center at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way.

“When a diagnosis is found with this advanced technology, Franciscan provides patients with a multi-disciplinary, patient-centered plan of care that’s close to home.”

The screening experience for women will be similar to what they’ve experienced in the past.  During the 3D part of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in seconds. There’s no additional compression. The extra imaging only takes a few more seconds.

The American Cancer Society recommends that women 40 years and older should get a yearly screening mammogram.

Women do not need a written referral for a routine annual screening mammogram.

Learn more

To learn more, contact the Women’s Health and Breast Center at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way: (253) 944-4025.


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