3D & Molecular Breast Imaging
With traditional breast imaging techniques, it can sometimes be difficult for doctors to identify cancers in their earliest stages while they’re still small and most treatable. And it can also be challenging to figure out when a spot is just a spot, and when it’s something to worry about—especially in women with very dense breast tissue. That could mean you’ll need extra tests, which means more time waiting and worrying about the results.
But at Middlesex Hospital, Connecticut’s premier center for innovative breast imaging technology, we’re pioneering the latest techniques to identify cancer sooner and more accurately than ever. So, even if there’s a problem that needs to be treated, we can do it earlier to ensure the best outcome possible.
3D Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
Traditional 2-dimensional mammograms create a single image of the breast tissue—with all the overlapping layers combined into one, making it difficult to detect and identify potential cancers. But new 3D breast tomosynthesis takes multiple images of the breast using the same scanning machines, and it allows our expert radiologists to examine all the layers of breast tissue separately and from all different angles.
That means our doctors can identify small breast cancers earlier, when they may have still been hidden from a traditional mammogram. It also allows doctors to be more accurate in determining the size, shape and type of any abnormalities, meaning fewer additional tests, fewer unnecessary biopsies and faster, better treatment if needed.
Studies show that all of these benefits combine to result in a 15% reduction in call-backs for additional testing and up to a 40% increase in invasive cancer detection with 3D tomosynthesis over standard mammograms.
Molecular Breast Imaging
At Middlesex Hospital, we’re proud to be the first hospital in Connecticut to offer the latest dual-headed Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) technology for our patients. When potential problems are found during a mammogram, an MBI procedure can produce razor sharp images of the breast to help radiologist to pinpoint the abnormality and make a definitive determination about its size, shape, location and type. And the test can be performed on an outpatient basis, with less radiation exposure and less discomfort—because the breast does not need to be compressed.
Best of all, MBI scans can identify potential problems that other techniques—like conventional mammograms, ultrasounds or MRIs—can miss. And a better chance for early detection means a better chance for successful treatment.
To be a candidate for Molecular Breast Imaging, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- You must have dense breast tissue; or
- You must have a personal history of breast cancer; or
- You must have an inconclusive mammogram
3D Digital Breast Tomosynthesis is available right now at:
Shoreline Medical Center
250 Flat Rock Place
Middlesex Hospital Outpatient Center
534 Saybrook Road
Marlborough Medical Center
12 Jones Hollow Road
Molecular Breast Imaging is available at Middlesex Hospital Outpatient Center.