An Iowa doctor is touting the success of a relatively new piece of technology in the fight against breast cancer. Dr. Jill Westercamp is the medical director of women’s imaging at Iowa Radiology, which has been combining 3-D mammography with more traditional
digital screenings for a little over a year. She says the 3-D mammogram, also called tomosynthesis , is much more precise and allows doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a time.
Westercamp believes it will eventually become the industry standard for mammography. Iowa Radiology is reporting a nearly 55% reduction in recall rates with the 3D imaging compared to the traditional mammography. And, Westercamp says there’s another benefit – they’re find smaller cancers sooner.
A manufacturer of the breast tomosynthesis technology has sent a large mobile coach on a cross country tour.