BELOIT, WI. (May 17, 2019) — Beloit Memorial Hospital is proud to now offer Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams, developed by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health. In utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers and are also decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing. This is currently available at Beloit Memorial Hospital and will soon be introduced at NorthPointe.
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 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.
“We are able to provide our patients with superior care as well as providing our community with the very best technology possible. Our state-of-the-art Hologic equipment is revolutionizing how breast cancer is detected by providing better options for women now then ever before,” commented Jennifer Yeadon, Director of Medical Imaging. “To know that we have this in house and arriving at NorthPointe in the very near future is a large achievement.”
Beloit Health System is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering the Genius exam, we can provide a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening. If you would like to schedule a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact Medical Imaging at 608-364-1610.
About Genius™ 3D Mammography™ Exams
The breast is a three-dimensional object composed of different structures located at different heights within the breast. These structures can overlap and cause confusion when viewed as a flat two-dimensional image. This confusion of overlapping of tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed, and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. Using breast tomosynthesis technology, the Hologic system creates a 3-dimensional image of the breast structure, which enables radiologists to more clearly see through overlapping tissue to detect cancers, often at an earlier stage.
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.
About Beloit Health System
Beloit Health System is an independent community hospital serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. We offer world-class facilities and services to improve the overall health of the communities we serve with cornerstones for quality, engagement, integrity and patient satisfaction.
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