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Introducing 3D Mammography at MCHI

Published on September 6, 2017

3D Mammography at MCHI in Aurora, NEMemorial Community Health is pleased to now 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, while simultaneously 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 3D 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 the radiologist 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 Hologic system is a clinically superior breast tomosynthesis system as approved by the FDA and is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows our radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities which leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients.

Large clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe have demonstrated the positive benefits of a Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exam, which include:

• A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers.
• A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers.
• A reduction of unnecessary callbacks by up to 40%.

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

"Prevention and early detection are key in the fight against cancer. We are very pleased to be able to offer the most advanced breast health screening technology available," says Diane Keller, CEO of Memorial Community Health. "As a non-profit organization, MCHI extends their thanks to the individuals and organizations that have supported the fundraising efforts for the purchase of the Hologic system. Together, we can ensure that excellent healthcare is available in our community."

If you would like to schedule a 3D Mammography exam, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact MCHI Radiology at 402-694-8258 or visit