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Oswego Health Installs Latest 3D Mammography Equipment at Health Center

Community news | Friday, October 19, 2018

Contact: Marion Ciciarelli

Oswego Health has installed the latest mammography technology at the Oswego Health Services Center offering peace of mind, thanks to grant funding.

A state grant provided by State Senator Patty Ritchie is allowing Oswego Health to purchase a digital breast tomosynthesis. This equipment is also known as three-dimensional

(3-D) mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT).

The equipment is an advanced form of mammography that uses a low-dose x-ray system and computer reconstructions to create three-dimensional images of the breasts. The 3D technology improves the accuracy of mammography and clarifies areas of overlapping tissue.

Using tomosynthesis, the breast is compressed as in a mammography exam, but with less pressure. The x-ray tube moves in a circular arc around the breast providing one millimeter slices that produce greater visibility to see tissue details..

The benefits include:

  • The 3D mammography exam provides better, earlier breast cancer detection compared to 2D alone
  • The equipment finds between 20 and 65% more invasive breast cancers than 2D alone
  • Reduces unnecessary callbacks by up to 40%

“Breast tomosynthesis is an excellent technology that allows doctors to view the breasts in thin sections as though they are interpreting a CT as compared to a standard x-ray/mammogram,” said Oswego Health Chief Radiologist Matthew Westpfal, MD. “This allows for substantially increased resolution and detection of abnormalities when examining dense breasts.”

To make an appointment, please call 315-349-5540.

Thanks to a $50,000 state grant provided by State Senator Patty Ritchie, Oswego Health has installed a digital breast tomosynthesis at Oswego Health Services Center. Pictured with this new advanced equipment from left are Multi-Modality Technicians Julia Donnelly, Shelly LeRoux, Stephanie Benavidez and Julie Chamberlain.