As someone who has specialized in mammography since 1989, with a degree in radiology and management, Marita Dwight-Smith, BAM, RT(R)(M) ARRT, is excited to bring the latest 3D technology to women in the Fort Wayne community and the surrounding area.
"With conventional digital mammography, the radiologist is viewing all the complexities of the breast tissue in one flat image. Sometimes breast tissue can overlap, giving the illusion of normal breast tissue looking like an abnormal area,” explains Dwight-Smith, current director of the Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Program.
"By looking at the breast tissue in one-millimeter slices, the radiologist can provide a more confident assessment. In this way, 3D mammography finds cancers missed with conventional 2D mammography, which is why we are so excited to have it available on the mobile mammography coach,” she continued.
During the 3D part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple breast images. Then, a computer produces a 3D image of the breast tissue in one-millimeter slices, providing greater visibility for the radiologist to see breast detail in a way never before possible because they can scroll through images of the entire breast — like pages of a book.
“The additional 3D images make it possible for a radiologist to gain a better understanding of the breast tissue during screening and the confidence to reduce the need for follow-up imaging,” said Dwight-Smith.
A mammogram is still the best form of protection and the only medical imaging screening test proven to reduce breast cancer deaths. Early detection is the best weapon in the fight against cancer and finding breast cancer in its earliest stages increases the survival rate to an astounding 95%!
Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography helps provide community-supported funding to make screening mammography available to ALL women, regardless of their ability to pay due to lack of insurance or transportation.