The latest technology in mammography is 3D imaging

One in eight is the number of women who’ll be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Local 6 is committed to raising awareness and helping in the fight to end breast cancer. So is Lundberg Medical Imaging. Lundberg is now using the latest technology for detection.

Revolutionary technology is digital breast tomosynthesis. Simply put, 3D mammography. "The tube will swing over the top of you take some quick pictures. We still use compression. That compression is used to spread apart that breast tissue so we can see in between those layers," said Stephanie Hunt, radiologic technician with Lundberg Medical Imaging.  Hunt creates the images for breast cancer screenings. With 3D mammography, she gathers 200 to 300 pictures. A doctor is able to study each breast layer by layer. "Back in Dr.Lundberg’s office we can flip through there and see if there are any calcifications in between those layers or anything we need to be concerned about that we can address," said Hunt.

Breast cancer is not preventable. When it comes to breast cancer, early detection is the best protection. But many people are unsure on when to start screening. Terri Lundberg says she understands why there is so much confusion. "Healthcare bodies have made different recommendations. From annual mammograms to not being screened until after you’re 50," said Lundberg.

In the latest American Cancer Society recommendation women age 40 at an average risk should have the choice to begin yearly screening. Other women should start at age 45. Those women can then switch to every 2 years at age 55. 

"You know that’s a discussion to have with your physician. Personally, the bottom line is early detection saves lives," said Lundberg.

"So it takes the physician, you as a patient and your mammogram to be able to diagnose that," followed Hunt.

There are no exclusions. Eight out of nine women diagnosed have no family history of breast cancer.

For more about assessing you risk for breast cancer, click here.

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