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A new mammogram to help find breast cancer at the earliest stage

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The newest weapon in the fight against breast cancer is helping doctors find breast cancer in its smallest stage.  Conventional mammograms are two dimensional.  It takes two images of each breast, which is one from the side and one on top.   

This new type of mammogram is called tomosynthesis, and it provides 3-Dimensional images of the breast that are taken from three different angles.

Dr. Edward Lipsit said, "The problem is that when you have a dense breast and many patients do have a dense breast, (covered) the tumor can be hidden in this dense tissue. With the 3-D mammogram, I'm better able to find these small tumors."  "The procedure is performed by having a series of very low dose images reconstructed, so that the breast tissue can be seen in as many as 60, 70, even 80 thin sections or thin slices."

3-D screening is given alongside a traditional mammogram because doctors say they still need both tests. That means there is double the radiation exposure, but doctors insist the risk is still low. 3-D mammograms are not available in Lubbock yet.  We'll keep you posted on that.

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