Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, is now offering Genius 3D Mammography exams. This new technology is clinically proven to increase the detection of breast cancers while decreasing the need for biopsies and return visits for additional testing by up to 40 percent compared to 2D imaging studies alone.

Also known as breast tomosynthesis, 3D technology uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices,” which builds a three-dimensional mammogram.

“This new technology provides our patients greater peace of mind by reducing the chance of unnecessary callbacks,” said Tim Rogers, Lakeview Regional’s director of radiology. “And women will see little difference between the conventional 2D and 3D mammograms – positioning and exam time are about the same. The real difference is in the information that is gathered and available to the doctor.”

The 3D Mammography exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the exam, an x-ray arm makes a slight arc across the breast, taking multiple images that are then converted into the 3D image the radiologist can review layer by layer. This precise method detects 20-65 percent more invasive breast cancers and produces fewer false positives.

The new system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. Statistics show that nearly half of women between the ages of 40 and 74 have dense breasts. Dense breast tissue often makes it difficult for doctors to detect breast cancer, which can be concerning since women with dense breasts are more likely to develop breast cancer. The Genius exam is the only mammogram that is FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone.

To schedule an appointment, please call (985) 867-4019. The 3D mammograms require a physician order.