Genius 3D Mammography

1200 North 7th Street, Chariton, Iowa 50049
Phone: (641) 774-3223 | Toll-free: (800) 404-3111 | Email: mryan@lchcia.com

Doctors and scientists agree that early detection is the best defense against breast cancer. Successful treatment and survival rates for breast cancer patients are dramatically affected by early detection of breast cancers. If we find breast cancer early, before it has spread to lymph nodes, the five-year survival rate is almost 100 percent. Until now, the best way to do that has been with digital mammography.

Because our primary goal has always been to deliver the highest quality care to our patients, we are adding breast tomosynthesis to our breast health services. We have chosen to offer the Genius 3D Mammography exam from Hologic because clinical studies show that is is a more accurate mammogram and is clinically proven to be superior to digital mammography.

While digital or 2D mammography is still a great tool in the fight against breast cancer, it is only a 2-dimensional picture of the breast. The Genius 3D Mammography exam allows healthcare providers to examine your breast tissue layer by layer. So, instead of viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with conventional 2D mammography, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below.


What to expect during your exam

A Genius 3D Mammography exam is very similar to a traditional mammogram. Just as with a digital  mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast under a paddle and take images from different angles. A Genius exam may be used as a screening tool in conjunction with a traditional digital mammogram or may be used by itself for a diagnostic mammogram.

During the Genius part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple breast images in just seconds. Your doctor is then able to view your breast tissue in one millimeter layers. Instead of viewing all the complexities of your breast tissue in one flat image, the doctor can examine the tissue one page or “slice” at a time.

There is no additional compression required with Genius exam, and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view. The technologist will view the images at a computer workstation to ensure adequate images have been captured for review by a radiologist, who studies them and reports results to either your physician or directly to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I get a Genius 3D Mammography exam?
The Genius exam provides better, earlier breast cancer detection compared to 2D alone. Greater accuracy means better breast cancer detection and a reduced chance of additional screenings.
Who can have a Genius 3D Mammography exam?
The Genius exam is more accurate for women of all ages, with both dense and non-dense breasts, and the Genius exam is the only mammogram FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts.
What about radiation?
Genius exams is comparable to a conventional 2D mammogram when using low dose software.
How does the Genius 3D Mammography exam work?
The Genius exam allows doctors to examine your breast tissue layer by layer. So, instead of viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with conventional 2D mammography, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below.

A good analogy for the Genius exam is like thinking of the pages in a book. If you look down at the cover you cannot see all of the pages – but when you open it up, you can go through the entire book page by page to see everything between the covers.

The Genius exam consists of a 2D and 3D image set, where the 2D image can be either an acquired image or a 2D image generated from the 3D image set.

How does a Genius 3D Mammography exam offer more benefits?
The only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis system approved by the FDA, the Hologic system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. It allows our radiologists the ability to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities, leading to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients.
How can I schedule a 3D exam?
Contact LCHC’s Radiology department at (641) 774-3223 for more information or to make an appointment.