New: 3D Mammography at WESTMED’s Rye Location

Released: 4/6/2015
WESTMED Medical Group is excited to offer Hologic 3D mammography for breast cancer screening.  This system offers exceptionally sharp breast images and an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort.  Its ground-breaking 3D mammography platform is designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance. 
Dr. Barney Newman, WESTMED’s Medical Director, says, “WESTMED is committed to the fight against breast cancer.  In offering Hologic 3D mammography, WESTMED is providing the latest in imaging technology.”


The Hologic 3D mammography screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram.  During a 3D mammography exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles.  These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast, without the confusion of overlapping tissue.  
“I have specialized in breast imaging since 1995, and this is the biggest technological advance in mammography during my career,” said Dr. Rand Stack, WESTMED radiologist.  “We believe Hologic 3D mammography is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening who have dense breast tissue and women with a personal history of breast cancer.” 
When the breast exam is over, the WESTMED board-certified radiologist meets with the patient to review the results, answer any questions and outline next steps. 
Dr. Stack recalls, “Back before this technology was approved by the FDA, I was part of a team of mammography experts who reviewed the 3D images of 350 patients and compared them to conventional mammograms of the same patients.  We were immediately struck by the superior ability of Hologic 3D mammography to show early signs of breast cancer.  For five years, I have looked forward to the day when I could bring this new technology to my patients.”  


Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer.  Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. 


If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please speak with your doctor.