3D Mammograms Saving Lives

3D mammograms take a variety of images from several angles, which allow radiologists to see the tissue, blood vessels, glands, and potentially cancer, that may be hidden in a 2D mammogram.

Posted: Oct 2, 2018 6:25 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2020 11:09 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month kicks off, survivors are looking back on their road to recovery, and sharing advice for those just starting the treatment process.

Some survivors say improved technology helped catch their cancer, and keep them alive. 

3D mammograms take a variety of images from several angles, which allow radiologists to see the tissue, blood vessels, glands, and potentially cancer, that may be hidden in a 2D mammogram. 

Jill Horn, a breast cancer survivor, says a 3D mammogram helped catch her cancer.

“It was a finger-tip size and it was really deep," Horn said. "So possibly without the 3D it might not of picked it up until the next annual [appointment, where] I would’ve been in more trouble.”

Roseanne Governor is the mammogram coordinator for Asante.

She says getting screened is vitally important.

"We don’t want anyone to get breast cancer but at this point, we can’t really prevent that," Governor said. "Basically mammography is part of that early detection and it’s very important.”

Doctor Mack Bandler, with the Medford Radiological Group at Providence Medford Medical Center, agrees. He adds finding the technology is helpful in finding cancer that could be hidden deep within the breast.

On the mammogram, fat shows up as grey. Tissue, glands, and potentially cancer show up as white.

"The 3D technology has been very, very helpful," Bandler said. "And again it comes back to trying to discern and determine what are the white areas where can cancer possibly be in that."

The American Cancer Society says women should start receiving screenings at 45 years old, but should receive the option to start mammogram screenings at 40 years old if they choose. 

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