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Summa Adopts 3D Mammography as Standard of Care

Breast cancer accounts for more than 30 percent of all female cancers. It is the most common form of cancer in American women and second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths for this population.

Getting a regular mammogram is the key to catching breast cancer early — when it's easier to treat.

Summa Health has adopted 3D mammography as our standard of care for all mammograms. In 2015, Summa installed 3D mammography technology because it is a superior technology that allows physicians to detect breast cancer early and can reduce unnecessary callbacks. We are proud to be the first healthcare system in northeast Ohio to offer 3D imaging at all of its locations.

3D Mammography Offers Earlier Cancer Detection

3D mammography, also called tomosynthesis, allows physicians to view breast tissue layer by layer in a series of images, rather than relying on a traditional flat 2D digital image. These multiple views allow physicians to see the difference between benign and cancerous masses more clearly, especially in women with dense breast tissue. The result is earlier detection with fewer false alarms.

Advanced technology allows 3D imaging can be performed along with a traditional 2D digital mammogram. This provides radiologists the added benefit of comparing new 2D images with prior 2D images. During the 3D portion of the exam, the X-ray arm makes a quick 4-second arc over the breast, taking dozens of images at a number of angles. These exceptionally sharp images are viewed individually and reconstructed.

A 2D mammogram is similar to viewing the cover of a book while a 3D image shows each individual page.

Who Should Have a 3D Mammogram

3D mammography is approved by the FDA for all women undergoing a screening mammogram and for any follow-up exams. Multiple clinical studies show that all women, regardless of breast type or density, benefit from 3D mammography.

Dense Breast Tissue

2D mammograms have been shown to miss 20 percent of early cancers, particularly in women with dense breast tissue. 3D mammography provides multiple views for more clarity, especially in dense breast tissue that may obscure views. Twenty states, including Ohio, now require mammography departments to notify patients if their results show dense breast tissue. If appropriate, patients can then seek additional images.

The Benefits of Early Diagnosis

  • Breast cancer treatment can be started sooner
  • There is an increased opportunity for less traumatic treatment
  • The risk for death from cancer is reduced

Advanced Services

Summa offers complete breast diagnostic and care services in Northeast Ohio in Summit, Portage and Medina counties. Our dedicated breast specialists use the latest advances to prevent, detect and fight cancer, including:

  • 3D Screening mammograms
  • 3D Diagnostic mammograms
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy
  • Breast care nurse navigators
  • Breast specialists — physicians, oncologists, pathologists
  • Infusion therapy
  • Clinical trials

Insurance Coverage

3D mammography is approved by the FDA. Medicare, Medicaid and SummaCare healthcare plans cover 100 percent of the cost of 3D mammography. Some insurance companies may not yet reimburse for the 3D portion of the exam. Check with your provider.

"A Woman's Guide to Breast Health"

Make your appointment for a digital mammogram at one of Summa’s convenient locations in Northeast Ohio by calling (888) 720-5318. You also can request an appointment online any time. When you call, be sure to ask for a FREE copy of "A Woman's Guide to Breast Health".