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KGH Offers New 3D Mammogram System

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Kennewick General Hospital says it now offers the first 3D mammogram system in the Tri-Cities. 

The Hospital says women who undergo routine mammograms at the KGH Mammography Center, now have the latest screening and diagnostic technology. KGH says it is commissioning the new 3D mammography system as part of its comprehensive and advanced breast care services for women.

The new technology, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (or tomo) can improve the early detection of breast cancer by up to 30% and can reduce the need for additional breast screenings.

KGH says the new system, manufactured by Hologic, Inc., is the first product to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for 3D mammography. Traditional 2D digital mammography continues to be the standard of care for breast screenings. The new 3D mammography technology combines with conventional 2D mammography to provide an enhanced 3D image of the breast.

"It's only a matter of time before 3D mammography will become the standard of care for women in the Tri-Cities, "said Dr. Alan Ford, KGH radiologist. "Patients come to us to screen against breast cancer. This technology helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. This provides greater confidence in readings with a significant reduction in recall rates. It's great for women and for the practice of preventative and diagnostic medicine."

KGH says the screening experience for women will be similar to what they've experienced in the past. During the 3D part of the exam, an x-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in seconds. There's no additional compression and the extra imaging only takes a few more seconds.