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Willamette Valley Medical Center’s 3D-MAMMOGRAPHY™ Continues to Protect It’s Community’s Women

Willamette Valley Medical Center invests in women’s future by providing the Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams- clinically proven to be superior to conventional 2D exams.

McMinnville, OR- Sept. 26, 2016– Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC) was first in the state of Oregon to offer Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams, developed  by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health.

[i] Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, three-dimensional(3D) mammography exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.*

In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A Genius exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

A Genius exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-DIMENSIONAL portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

The Hologic system is the only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis system as approved by the FDA. The new system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows our radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients. As the first hospital in the state to invest in this technology, our commitment to providing the best care to our community has never been greater.” Peter Hofstetter, WVMC CEO.

Large clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe have demonstrated the positive benefits of a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam. The largest study to date on breast cancer screening using the Genius exam was published in the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Findings include:

  • A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast
  • A 29% increase in the detection of all breast
  • A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional

WVMC is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering the Genius exam, WVMC provides a more accurate* tool for breast cancer screening. “Having seen so many cases in which 3D tomosynthesis has helped us find cancer at an early, treatable, stage, when it may not be well seen on conventional mammograms, as well as cases in which the extra detail has allowed us to spare a healthy woman the stress of being called back for additional views, I consider this technology to be an incredibly valuable contribution to women’s healthcare in our community”, says David Siepmann MD, Chief of Radiology.

If you would like to schedule a Genius 3D-Mammography™ exam, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact the WVMC Radiology department today. You may call (503) 435-6380

Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams are available only on the Hologic Selenia® Dimensions® system.

iiFriedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, Durand MA, Plecha DM, Greenberg JS, Hayes MK, Copit DS, Carlson KL, Cink TM, Barke LD, Greer LN, Miller DP, Conant EF, Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography, JAMA June 25, 2014

*Compared to 2D Mammography


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