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3D Low Radiation Dose Breast Tomography is used in conjunction with your mammogram to provide your physician with the ability to see breast tissue in three-
SenoClaire is indicated for the acquisition of 2D images (traditional mammography) and also for the acquisition of multiple projection views intended to produce 3D DBT images suitable for screening and diagnosis of breast cancer. SenoClaire can be used for the same clinical applications as traditional mammography for screening mammography.
SenoClaire works by using a low-
The exam provides digital images of the breast, which are viewed on a specialized monitor. At Bridgeway Diagnostics our new GE equipment allows us to provide precision imaging at the lowest radiation dose possible.
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Every 3 minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. Early detection is key. Ensuring cancers are detectable early enough and with confidence, while protecting the population from unnecessary exposure, is the objective of mammographic imaging — which is why the ability to deliver 3D images without raising dose is so critical.
3D breast screening technology helps clinicians uncover small cancers which can be a limiting factor in standard 2D mammography. Bridgeway acquired this technology knowing that it would produce higher image quality without increasing dose. This technology can have a significant impact on helping clinicians to identify breast cancer while ensuring that all patients are not subjected to higher amounts of radiation.
You will be taken to a separate secluded waiting area for Women's Imaging. For a screening mammogram/tomogram, you will change into a gown that opens in the front, and a specially trained and certified technologist will take care of you during your exam. The technologist will position you and place your breast on a platform, and will gradually apply pressure until the breast is fully compressed. The whole process takes just a few minutes.
Do not wear deodorant, powder or lotion the day of your exam. We recommend you wear a two-
Q. I have seen other centers state that they offer Low Dose Breast Tomography. How does Bridgeway’s Low Dose Tomography differ from others?
A. Bridgeway was the first in the country and currently is the only dedicated outpatient imaging center in the region to provide the new GE low radiation dose 3D breast tomography. No other facility in this area can provide 3D tomography with lower radiation dose.
Q: Why does Dose matter?
A: When you take a picture with a smartphone camera, the light that comes in is natural and free, and you can take as many shots as desired. In X-
“Standard digital mammogram exposes patients to low dose levels, which is why it’s acceptable for screening healthy women for breast cancer,” says Henri Souchay, Engineering Manager, Detection and Guidance Solutions, GE Healthcare. “The effective dose for a 2D digital mammogram is about 15 times less than an average CT scan. GE’s SenoClaire maintains the same level of dose in 3D as standard 2D mammography.” It doesn’t subject women to additional radiation in order to obtain the 3D images, unlike other 3D tomography. At Bridgeway, we are able to provide higher image quality without increasing radiation dose.
“To better understand how SenoClaire is a low dose solution let’s compare it to naturally occurring radiation and other forms of x-
Q. Why would I receive an ultrasound after a tomogram/mammogram?
A. Women with dense breast tissue will often undergo additional screening with our 3-
Q. How do I know if my breasts are dense?
A: Breast density is determined by the radiologist who reads your mammogram and classifies the density into one of four categories. Your doctor will tell you if you have dense breasts based on your tomogram/mammogram’s classification on the density scale.
If the exam is stat the results will be called to your physician immediately after the exam. Routine exams will be reported to your physician within 24 hours. You will receive a letter with the results of your 3D low dose breast tomogram/mammogram usually in about five days. A copy will also be provided to the physician you indicate. Your letter will also indicate your breast density. Please see below and refer to the 3D Automated Breast Ultrasound section for more details on breast density.