Commitment to State of the Art Technology
Windsong provided another exciting first in Buffalo and Western New York and continues to be a leader in breast imaging with its early adoption of 3D Mammography or Breast Tomosynthesis. In the pursuit of excellence in breast imaging, Windsong added 3D Mammography at each of its locations in Williamsville, West Amherst, Hamburg, Buffalo and Lancaster. The FDA approved Hologic’s Selenia Dimensions (now known as Genius 3D) 3D Mammography solution in February of 2010, and Windsong was ready to begin offering 3D breast imaging by June of 2011 at its Williamsville location.
2D vs 3D Mammography
A two-dimensional digital mammogram has limitations in a dense breast, in that dense tissue can overlay on top of each other and potentially hide small cancers. The main advantage of 3D digital mammography is that it can reveal the inner structure of a breast, free from overlaying dense tissue. Tumors can be found in an earlier stage. There will also be fewer false positives, which can reduce the number of unnecessary breast biopsies. 3D mammography is particularly helpful for women with dense breast tissue or those with high risk of breast cancer such as those with a strong family history of breast cancer.
Cynthia Fan, MD, PhD, a Women’s Imaging Fellowship Trained Radiologist at Windsong participated in a readers study for Hologic even prior to FDA approval. Dr. Fan is also currently working with Hologic as a researcher to study engineering improvements for both image quality and patient comfort. “Tomosynthesis provides topography or mapping of any abnormalities including size, contour and the relationship with the surrounding breast tissue. The images can be displayed and reviewed individually or in a 3-D dynamic mode,” reports Dr. Fan. “In short, smaller cancers are now better able to be diagnosed earlier.”
Do You Need 3D?
This state of the art technology can be very helpful under certain conditions. Dr. Anna Chen, another Windsong Radiologist dedicated to Women’s Imaging described that “For high risk screening patients, Tomosynthesis offers improved subtle cancer detection and a lower recall rate, especially in dense breast tissue.” According to published reports, patients who are considered high risk or with a family history of breast cancer are good candidates for 3D Mammography or Breast Tomosynthesis. For patients referred for a breast lump or a more targeted diagnostic exam, 3D Mammography provides better characterization of breast abnormalities for diagnosis. “This means that the Radiologist is better able to differentiate breast cancer when imaged with the 3D imaging of Tomosynthesis than with 2-D alone, and can do so at an earlier stage of the disease,” says Dr. Chen. Conventional 2D mammography currently remains the gold standard; however 3D breast imaging provides images with a greater clarity without the distortion caused by tissue shadowing or density. “Our goal is to continuously improve our ability to detect smaller tumors and rule out false positives resulting in fewer call backs and biopsies” reports Dr. Chen. Fewer call backs and biopsies is another way that Windsong helps to significantly reduce overall costs for breast care to the healthcare system in Western New York. 3D Mammography or Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) can also be very helpful in women with very dense breast tissue.
Windsong has 3D Digital Mammography systems in place, providing for improved imaging in both their screening and diagnostic breast suites. They were the first facility in WNY to receive status as a BREAST CENTER OF EXCELLENCE from the American College of Radiology. “We are committed to service and imaging excellence, and support Tomosynthesis as part of the new nationally established criteria for high risk screening and diagnostic patients” added Dr. Chen. Ask your doctor if you are a good candidate for 3D Breast Imaging at Windsong. Call 716.631.2500 if you need to schedule your mammogram at any Windsong office. Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) FAQ Screening verses Diagnostic Mammograms
This 3D digital mammography system is also offered on our mobile mammography unit, which will provide improved imaging for screening. To see locations near you and schedule an appointment please visit our mobile mammography page or call 716-929-9494.
What is Hologic 3D Mammography?
Hologic’s Selenia Dimensions 3D Mammography (now known as Genius 3D)
Insurance Coverage for Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D mammographyTM)
Most insurance today is covering Digital Breast Tomosynthesis or 3D mammographyTM, To better assist you, please see the following list of the insurance carriers that do not cover it at the time of this writing. For more specific information, please contact your insurance carrier.
- Some Cigna/MVP plans
- Some United Health Care plans
- Out of area BCBS (only WNY plans are covering tomo including Senior Blue and BCBS Medicaid/community blue)
- Champ VA
Please note that coverage does not mean an insurance carrier will pay in full for the exam. The digital breast tomosynthesis or 3D mammogram exam may be subject to co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible.