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Improving Breast Cancer Detection with 3-D Mammography

As part of a comprehensive cancer program, Lexington Medical Center is pleased to offer 3-D mammography. This new breast cancer screening tool creates a group of three dimensional images of the breast and allows doctors to view tissue one millimeter at a time, making tiny details visible earlier and easier. 3-D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), is currently recommended for women who are having their first screening mammogram or who have dense breast tissue.

Dr. Beth Siroty-Smith, radiologist with Lexington Radiology Associates at Lexington Medical Center, talked about the new technology with Dawndy Mercer-Plank of WIS-TV.


Studies in the Journal of The American Medical Association have shown that 3-D mammography increases breast cancer detection, and reduces false positives and unnecessary callbacks for patients with dense breast tissue.

3-D mammography uses a low dose X-ray to create multiple images within seconds that are similar to the “slices” of images in a CT scan. The FDA-approved procedure uses the same type of equipment as a 2-D mammogram and a similar dose of radiation. Women who have questions about whether or not they should receive a 3-D mammogram should talk to their doctor.

Women may schedule a 3-D mammogram at Lexington Medical Center’s Women’s Imaging facility on the main hospital campus in West Columbia. To schedule an appointment, please call (803) 791-2486.

In addition to being an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, Lexington Medical Center’s breast program has accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the cancer program has accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

When Should We Begin Having Mammograms?

The American Cancer Society has released new guidelines suggesting that women begin mammography at age 45 instead of the previous recommendation of 40. Dr. Kathryn Moore, gynecologist at Vista Women’s Healthcare, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, was a guest on WIS-TV with news anchor Judi Gatson to talk about it. She offered great insight and advice in the interview below.


Here are a few takeaways from Dr. Moore’s interview:

~The new guidelines suggest it will reduce false positives. However, new mammography technology reduces the number of false positives. Ultimately, the guidelines will likely go back to 40.

~Talk to your doctor each year about your family history and risk factors to determine when you should begin mammography.

~The age at which to begin mammography should be made on an individual basis.

~A baseline mammogram is important for every woman.

TV News Reporter’s Breast Cancer Story Highlights Importance of Early Detection

Every now and then, Lexington Medical Center has the opportunity to share the stories of our patients with our community. One of them is Mary Nguyen Bright, who is receiving treatment for breast cancer at our hospital. Mary has undergone chemotherapy, surgery and now radiation at Lexington Medical Cancer Center.

You may recognize her. For many years, she was a news reporter at WLTX, the CBS affiliate TV station in Columbia.

Doctors diagnosed Mary with breast cancer earlier this year, when she was just 40 years old.

She shared her story with her former WLTX colleague, news anchor Darci Strickland, at our hospital this month. During October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mary wants women to know the importance of early detection.

At Lexington Medical Center, we believe no one should face cancer alone. It’s our fight, too. And we want to provide our patients with exceptional care that results in the best possible outcomes.