MRHC First in Region to Offer 3D Mammography

June 2, 2016 3:03 pm Published by

Magnolia Regional Health Center is excited to offer the latest in breast cancer screening advances,  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-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.

The Hologic system is the only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis system as approved by the FDA. The new system 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. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients.

“We are very excited to be the first in the area to offer this state-of-the-art technology,” said Jeff Mansel, Director of Radiology at MRHC. “With breast cancer, early detection is key and can dramatically improve a woman’s chance at survival.  We believe this new technology can save lives.”

Large clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe have demonstrated the positive benefits of a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam. The largest study to date on breast cancer screening using the Genius exam was published in the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Findings include:

·         A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers.

·         A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers.

·         A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging.

Magnolia Regional Health Center and Magnolia Imaging Associates are committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering the Genius exam, MRHC provides the latest and most effective imaging tool for breast cancer screening.

“3D mammography is a relatively novel technology that will give us the ability to detect some breast cancers earlier than ever before,” said Brandon Skelton, M.D., Radiologist at Magnolia Imaging Associates. “It is undoubtedly a meaningful investment in the lives of this community.”

If you would like to schedule a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please visit our website at or contact our scheduling department at 662-293-1026.

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.

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