3D Mammography detecting cancers earlier resulting in better outcomes

FLINT — Breast Cancer Awareness Month gets plenty of attention. The question is, are women acting on the plea to get their annual mammogram?

“As a physician I cannot stress enough the importance of early detection and how key it is to breast cancer survival,” said Ashley Richardson, DO, a breast surgical oncologist at McLaren Flint.

The latest technology allows for detection of cancers that are much smaller and at an earlier stage. Both the McLaren Imaging Center in Flint and McLaren Fenton offer the newest technology in 3D breast imaging. These exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing. It is also the only 3D mammography exam approved by the FDA as superior for women with dense breasts.

Researchers have found that:

The 3D Mammography exam finds 20-65 percent more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone, an average increase of 41 percent.

The 3D Mammography exam reduces callbacks by up to 40 percent compared to 2D alone.

McLaren’s imaging centers are continuing to follow strict safety standards, including staff wearing proper personal protective equipment, patients being screened for COVID-19 before coming in for their appointments, and cleaning of high-touch areas. Waiting rooms also have social distancing measures in place.

To schedule an appointment by phone or online, go to mclaren.org/flintfenton3dmamm. G.G.