Digital 3D Mammography

Magruder's Imaging Services Department is accredited in Mammography by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Magruder is proud of our mammography technology as well as our trained and compassionate staff who guide patients through their screening and testing.

Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams include 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.

In addition, Magruder also offers the SmartCurve™ breast stabilization system, which is clinically proven to deliver a more comfortable mammogram without compromising image quality, workflow or dose. The SmartCurve system features a proprietary curved surface that mirrors the shape of a woman’s breast to reduce pinching and allow better distribution of compression over the entire breast.

 

The CAD system is used in conjunction with digital mammography. After acquiring a digital image, the system’s specialized processing software analyzes the image and draws the radiologist’s attention to suspicious features that may be indicative of cancer or other pathology. The radiologist typically reviews the entire mammogram first and then activates the CAD monitor to see if any areas have been highlighted for additional review. If an image is marked, the radiologist goes back to the original mammogram to review the area of the image in more detail.

The CAD system is able to confidently identify abnormalities or signs of disease on a regular basis during our mammogram screening analysis and significantly increase our detection rate of invasive cancers.

Preparation for your exam:

On the day of your examination, please DO NOT use deodorant, perfume, powder, or cream on the areas of your underarms or breasts. It will be necessary to undress to the waist for the exam. You may find it more convenient to wear a blouse with a skirt or slacks, rather than a dress.