First in Region to Offer Genius 3D Mammography Exams

Aug 6, 2019 /

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Uvalde Memorial Hospital is excited to offer Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams, developed by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, and also 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 our radiologist, Jared Reading, M.D., 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 Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam is revolutionizing how breast cancer is detected by providing a better option for women of all breast densities compared to 2D alone. Researchers have found that:

• The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam finds 20-65% more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone, an average increase of 41%. • Only the Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam is FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone. • The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam reduces callbacks by up to 40% compared to 2D alone.

Uvalde Memorial Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering the Genius exam, UMH provides a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening.

“We are excited to have this state of the art mammography machine at Uvalde Memorial Hospital for all of our patients in Uvalde and surrounding areas,” says Ralph Gonzales, radiology director. “We are committed to providing our community with the highest quality care and most innovative imaging services.”

The Hologic system is the first FDA-approved breast tomosynthesis system in the U.S. Hologic Genius 3D Mammography™ exams are now available in all 50 states and over 50 countries. To date, more than 8 million women have been screened with this advanced screening system.

If you would like to schedule a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact our women’s imaging department at (830) 278-6251 extension 1517.


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